PETALING JAYA: The Professional Football Players Association of Malaysia (PFAM) are peeved with the M-League teams over their lackadaisical attitude in settling players’ salary arrears.
PFAM chief executive officer Izham Ismail revealed that teams owe players around RM6.4mil, excluding the statutory deductions like income tax, Employees Provident Fund (EPF) and Social Security Organisation (Socso).
“The RM6.4mil is just an estimation based on the report from the players. We believe the amount is bigger if combined with the arrears from the coaching staff and import players, ” said Izham.
“The players have not made any reports as they are giving the team management time to resolve the issue.
“We see the RM6.4mil as a symbol of Malaysian football teams’ failure. It’s a sign of how ill our football industry is now.
“It sends a negative message to the younger generation of players who want to enter the industry.
“PFAM are disappointed with the management who are playing the blame game instead of taking the responsibility.
“The victims are the players. We urge the teams to be humane and responsible in looking at the plight of the players.”
Izham said teams should have the money to pay up as they have received the Malaysia Football League (MFL) grants from television rights last month. The second instalment of the grant will be made on Aug 15.
“It’s disappointing that the teams have not settled their debts even after the MFL have reimbursed the grant. Teams like Melaka, Kelantan, Negri Sembilan and Pahang are still keeping quiet, ” said Izham.
“Some teams like Armed Forces, Police and Felda United, who have agreed to make payment in stages to the players have broken the agreement.
“The players from the defunct teams like Perlis, Terengganu City FC, Hanelang, Kuantan FA and Marcerra United are still waiting for their dues.”
Izham hopes the state governments of the teams will step in to solve the problem.
“I hope the state governments will look at it as a public issue and not a football problem. We need a leader with a big heart to help as the players bring glory to the states, ” he added.
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