KUALA LUMPUR – The Professional Footballers Association of Malaysia (FAM) today urged three M-League teams to settle back wages owed to players amounting to about RM4.32 million, before the new season kicks off on Friday.
PFAM chief executive officer Izham Ismail said the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) owed RM3.7 million, Kelantan (over RM400,000) and Felda United FC (FUFC) (RM220,000) but have remained silent about this issue although the welfare of the players is at stake.
In the case of ATM, players were found to have two different contracts, namely Contract A which had been approved by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM), and Contract B, involving only ATM and the players, with both of them stating different salary amounts.
“The FAM Status Committee only takes into account the case of Contract A, which is the official contract, and for contract B, we will seek legal redress at the Kuala Lumpur High Court. Currently, 15 ATM players still have one-month salary in arrears under Contract A, and six months under Contract B.
“In the case of Kelantan Football Association (KAFA), players are owed wages between three to four months…We have found that KAFA has paid the salaries of players who are still with the team but have yet to settle salaries of five former players,” he said at a press conference at Wisma OCM, Tuesday.
In FUFC’s case, although the FAM Status Committee had on Dec 8 last year decided that the club should pay a compensation of RM220,000 within 14 days to Azrul Ahmad whose contract had been terminated, the club has yet to settle the amount.
The media had been made to understand that the salaries in Contract B were higher than of the ones in Contract A, and that such contracts have become a norm in the M-League.
Izham also urged the FAM and the Football Malaysia Limited Liability Partnership (FMLLP) – a private entity which will manage the domestic league from this season – to take tougher action if such issues continued and also urge players to stop the practice of signing two contracts.
“The existing process and system under FAM is very confusing and has remained uncertain, they need to be more proactive in resolving issues related to salaries. We have also sent samples of contracts used in Japan and Australia to the FAM,” he added.