MELAKA: Melaka United Football Club (MUFC) Sdn Bhd, together with the FA of Melaka, have settled outstanding dues in terms of players salaries, allowances and mandatory contributions to the tune of RM915,000 ahead of this season’s M-League.
MUFC chief executive officer, Datuk Mohd Saiful Mat Sapri said their efforts to settle all arrears was to ensure the club could compete in the M-League scheduled to start on March 5.
“We don’t want to be encountering any problems that can tarnish the image of Melaka football.
“Among the dues that we have successfully settled include salary and allowance arrears owing to last season import player Uche Agba of Nigeria as well as last season former import player of Malaysian-Australian heritage, Curran Singh Ferns.
“Salary arrears owing to another former import player, Naruphon Wild, will be settled soon to avoid a ban on registration of new players during the second transfer window of the 2021 M-League, ” said Mohd Saiful in a statement yesterday.
He added that payment of salary and allowance arrears for Melaka team officials and players for the 2020 season had also commenced as per the payment schedule as agreed to by the respective parties.
He said this involved 17 officials of the team last season and 18 players who are still with Melaka.
“Overall arrears in terms of Employees Provident Fund (EPF) contributions have been settled so far while arrears owing to the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) are being paid as per the payment schedule that has been fixed, ” he said.
On Jan 15, the FA of Malaysia (FAM) Club Licensing First Instance Body (FIB) chairman Sheikh Mohd Nasir Sheikh Mohd Sharif was reported as saying that Melaka were among six M-League teams that obtained conditional club licensing to compete in this season’s M-League.
Sheikh Mohd Nasir was quoted as saying that although Melaka had obtained the licensing, the team still had to settle IRB and EPF arrears, and if the FA of Melaka failed to do so, stern action could be taken by FIB including withdrawing the club’s licence. — Bernama