FAM Vice-president looks to the fans to help keep trouble-makers at bay in stadiums while also rewarding them for their efforts
The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) have introduced a brand new reward system that sees fans receive RM1,000 if they can help authorities pick out the people who cause trouble.
FAM Competitions Committee Chairman, Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin, is convinced that citizen policing will work but will also be prudent against the abuse of the system, The Star reported.
He said: "We’re aware that [the reward scheme] is subjective and that people may exploit it … so, we will work closely with the police to prevent any abuse.
"The police will conduct a thorough investigation when a trouble-maker is handed over to them.
"They will question the witnesses and there will also be cameras on the stands to assist the police with their investigations."
Also as the FAM’s Vice-president, Hamidin will be putting this new system to a test in the FA Cup final game between Kelantan and Johor Darul Takzim at the Bukit Jalil Stadium.
And if the plan works, he will implement the rewards scheme to all M-League matches in the future.
"We will reward the fans only after getting a confirmation from the police … we are trying something new here and, if it works, we may implement it for other M-League matches," Hamidin added.
For the Cup final, there will be 200 marshals on duty, 100 from each state, and they all will be equipped with special training by the police to better handle the crowd before the big game.
"I believe the reward system can work in tandem with the marshals and the police.
"We are looking at preventing any untoward incidents from happening.
"I think citizen policing on the stands is the best as the fans will be controlled by one of their own," Hamidin declared.