ALOR SETAR – The Kedah Football Association (KFA) stressed it has no intention of hurting or belittling anyone when rejecting a RM30 million sponsorship offered by D’Herbs Holdings (M) Sdn Bhd (D’Herbs).
Its president, Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah said KFA made the decision when both sides failed to reach an agreement after they could not accept several conditions made by D’Herbs.
“This is a reasonable decision and should not sour ties. I hope the sponsor understands this decision. If there is an opportunity in future, we are willing to discuss with any party who wants to develop Kedah football,” he said in a statement, here yesterday.
Ahmad Bashah, who is also Kedah Menteri Besar also said the KFA was not facing financial problems and would continue to develop football in the state.
“I admit the sponsorship will be able to help the Kedah team but we have to reject it after both sides failed to reach an agreement in the spirit of win-win,” he added.
In a press conference today, D’Herbs founder Datuk Aliff Shukri Kamarzaman said he was very disappointed and hurt by the KFA allegation that he demanded a 60 hectare plot of land in Pokok Sena in return for the sponsorship.
Instead, it was the Kedah government who suggested the development of D’Herbs City, theme park and zoo via a joint venture with a state government subsidiary company.
The manufacturer of health products said the land was abandoned since 2008.