FAM are ‘hyper-sensitive’ - Annuar Musa

Tan Sri Annuar Musa suggests that the FAM go through a major change to ensure that the sport in the country can progress and compete in an international arena

Kelantan Football Association (KAFA) President Tan Sri Annuar Musa said at the Houses of Parliament yesterday that the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) need to go through a major overhaul to help football progress as a national sport.

His statement comes after the Minister of Youth and Sports, Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar, said that the FAM are not eligible to make the switch to the private sector, unlike hockey, because of the poor performance of Malaysian football.

Annuar Musa hinted that the FAM need to change the way it operates if they want to compete in an international arena, Sinar Harian reported.

He told The Star Online: “FAM must come out of a leadership that is too exclusive and allow an open discussion on the go throughout the year.

“Leadership in the FAM today is hyper-sensitive; ministers, executive council members cannot criticize - people cannot even criticize officials.

“The FAM need to eliminate the abuse of Article 88 against sports officials and several others who sincerely provide good criticism.”

The Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF), unlike FAM, have been granted the switch to the private sector to help with sponsorship by the Ministry of Youth and Sports seeing that Malaysia is rank 13th in the world for that sport.