Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim has pledged to save Malaysian football and “ensure that the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) is not used for political mileage”.
According to The Star, in a two-hour meet-the-fan session at a hotel here on Wednesday, Tunku Ismail vowed that he would completely overhaul the FAM, which he said has been in the doldrums for three decades.
Tunku Ismail is contesting the FAM president’s post on March 25 with former Kelantan FA president Tan Sri Annuar Musa.
He said his main task “is to change the structure of the national body”.
“I want to make sure that the problems in FAM – mismanagement of funds, lack of professionalism, lack of passion, corruption and favouritism – will be corrected,” he said.
Asked why he changed his mind and decided to contest for the No. 1 post, Tunku Ismail said he was afraid that football would fall into the hands of people who would use it for political reasons.
“I don’t want FAM to be used for political mileage. I don’t want FAM to be used as a financial hub to distribute money for political campaigns and I don’t want people to be there for their own agenda,” he said.