PETALING JAYA: Kedah legend Radhi Mat Din is hoping the Red Eagles wages issue will be resolved soon.
Just days after being elected Kedah Football Association’s (KFA) vice-president at the extraordinary general meeting (EGM) on Sunday, the former international said the wage crisis will be given priority and resolved as soon as possible by the new leadership.
“Salary is a player’s right, no one can deny that... I have never been in a situation like that because, in the past, the players were well taken care of, ” said Radhi who featured for Kedah from 1986-2000.
“I do not know how the situation was like under the former administration and I hope the matter can be resolved soon.
“I am still excited to be in the team administration. I have previously served as a player and coach. This is something new for me but I hope to deliver as an office-bearer and that our fans will continue supporting the team.”
It is learnt that Kedah have only paid a portion of the players’ wages for nearly five months due to lack of funding as their revenue has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
On top of that, the change of the Kedah state government meant that the RM1.5mil allocation to settle salary arrears given by former Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir has been frozen by the new state government led by Mohd Sanusi Md Nor, who is also the new KFA president.
However, no official complaint has been submitted to the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM). It is understood that the Kedah players are hoping the new KFA leadership can solve the problem amicably.