KUALA LUMPUR – The Tunku Mahkota of Johor (TMJ), Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim has once again expressed his desire to step down as president of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM), following a drop in Malaysia’s ranking to 178th place in the world.
Through an official statement on FAM’s official Facebook, Tunku Ismail said the three-notch drop was a ‘huge failure’ after having taken various initiatives to help the national football governing body.
“So I think the FAM president should resign. Thank you for everything and it was an honour to serve Malaysian football. Good luck.
“To all the people of Johor whom I love and to the supporters of Johor Darul Ta’zim Football Club (JDT) around the world as well as my wife and children … Daddy’s home!,” he said in a statement uploaded on JDT official Facebook, Johor Southern Tigers tonight.
In the latest rankings by the World Football Federation (FIFA) today, Harimau Malaya fell three rungs from the 175th position, which it occupied two months ago.
Tunku Ismail was officially appointed as FAM president for the 2017-2021 term at the FAM Annual Congress on March 25 last year.
According to the statement, among the initiatives carried out was correcting the national football structure, attracting more sponsors to strengthen team financial standing and formulating a long-term plan for the development of national football.
The following is Tunku Ismail’s full statement:
During my tenure as the President of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM), I have corrected the football structure of my country, attracted sponsors to contribute to national football and to provide a long-term plan for national football such as cooperating with La Liga.
I have also fought for broadcasting rights for all teams contesting in Malaysia League to enhance their financial stability. In the history of national football, each contesting team is for the first time receiving between RM1 million to RM3 million a year for broadcasting rights thereby each team no longer have to use public funds from the government.
In the meantime, the Under-23 (U-23), U-19 and U-16 squads have made history by representing the country for the first time in the top-tier competition in Asia.
Recently the national team ranking fell three rungs and this is a huge failure! Therefore, I think the FAM President should resign. Thank you for everything and it has been an honour to serve Malaysian football. Good luck.
To all the people of Johor whom I love and to the supporters of Johor Darul Ta’zim Football Club (JDT) around the world as well as my wife and children … Daddy’s home! – BERNAMA