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Unsympathetic truth

The outburst did not go down well with those within FAM. After all, Tunku Ismail Ibrahim is serving a six-month suspension for lambasting the national FA over the poor quality of referees and allegations of matchfixing among teams in the M-League earlier this year.
He now joins the list of “infamous” personalities, including the likes of Kelantan FA president Tan Sri Annuar Musa, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and Perlis FA president Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, who have taken a swipe against FAM.

Many argue Tunku Ismail needs to abide to his suspension by staying out of football matters. After all, a bad law is still a law.

But if we were to sidestep from “protocols” — FAM or royalty — Tunku Ismail had said what many commoners, including journalists, have been saying in the past — FAM hardly listens.

If we were to examine further, Johor is playing in the FA Cup final after years of being in the doldrums. The only time a Johor team won the FA Cup was when Johor FA edged Sabah 1-0 in the 1998 final.

The fans are flocking the stadium and there is plenty of money to pay a star-studded cast. Something must be right in Johor.

The same is seen with other successful teams including Kelantan and Armed Forces.

To be fair, FAM finally agreed to review the draconian Article 88. However, the national body should realise that in this day and age they cannot restrict people — especially stakeholders — from saying their piece.

They need to know how to go about with such comments and not take a defensive approach as they typically do.

 In the words of German philosopher and poet, Friedrich Nietzsche: “We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.”

Read Unsympathetic truth in today's Mailsport.

HD says: Time for reflection.


  1. I hope YB KJ will do something on the ruling with regards to Sport Association's office bearers. We should not allow Royalty (the Sultan and/or Crown Prince) to hold top post in Sport Associations. In FAM's case, its double whammy coz the top 2 posts, i.e. President and Dep. President 1 are Sultan and Crown Prince and to make it worse it come from same State??? How do you expect committee members to voice their true opinion?


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So what's next for FAM?

UPDATE (March 25, 3.15pm): Tunku Ismail Ibrahim resigns as FA of Malaysia president.
UPDATE (March 17, 9.52am): As of late last night, it's status quo at Wisma FAM.
Tunku Ismail Ibrahim remains as president as "no resignation letter was submitted".
Insiders say Tunku Ismail was "very disturbed and feels unappreciated following critical comments, especially on social media, about the national team's FIFA ranking despite the many other achievements (as listed in the original post below) throughout his close to one year stint in office".
UPDATE (March 16, 8.25am): FA of Malaysia general-secretary Datuk Hamidin Amin said: 
"Sudah tentu jika kita membiarkan Tunku Ismail meletak jawatan, kita juga akan kehilangan penaja dan saya sendiri tidak dapat membayangkan siapa yang layak untuk menggantikan tempat baginda sebagai Presiden FAM."
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