PETALING JAYA: MK Land have joined Public Bank on the M-League scrap heap.
The FA of Malaysia (FAM) confirmed that the Premier League club side submitted their withdrawal letter last Thursday.
MK Land are leaving the scene after three seasons. Among the reasons they cited for their withdrawal was the failure to meet pre-season expectations this year.
Their target was to qualify for the Super League but they finished in third place in Group A behind Selangor and Kedah. Only the winners of the two-group Premier League of eight teams each gain promotion.
Financial constraints were the other reasons. Putting up a side in the M-League costs about RM3mil per season.
The departure of MK Land is a big blow to the FAM, who were hoping for club sides to make big strides to help strengthen the local league.
Public Bank, who were demoted from the Super League, also withdrew last week.
Negri Sembilan Chempaka were the first club side to exit the M-League three seasons ago. They quit the top flight because they were unable to come up with the RM2mil needed to run the team.
The FAM secretary, Datuk Seri Dr Ibrahim Saad (pic), said: What's the use of disciplinary actions. They are not going to play in the league anyway.
We will be having a meeting this week to discuss our next course of action. The most important thing we have to do is to take preventive measures. We don't want clubs sides to withdraw from the M-League in future.
We are in a bind. We have to make a quick decision because the new season starts in December.
The withdrawal of MK Land and Public Bank leaves two vacant spots in the Premier League.
One the suggestions to fill up the two spots was to hold playoffs among the two relegated sides from the Premier League (Malacca and Police) and the two losing semi-finals of the Premier Cup competition (Selangor Proton and Armed Forces).