There have been several voices questioning the reasoning behind allocating a whopping RM4 million for the Harimau Muda to play in Australia, especially after the team failed to retain their SEA Games gold recently.
However, according to the Secretary-General of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM), Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin said that the FAM is confident that the decision to send the team to compete in Australia's Queensland National Premier League (NPL) can help them improve them in the long-term.
“If we did not make any program, they said we did not do any work,” Hamidin told Berita Harian.
"So what’s important is [for us to] please look at this program in a positive way. Every program needs a budget. By joining the NPL Queensland, our young players can compete with more senior players and we know that the league standards’ here has improved."
Recently, Youth and Sport Minister Khairy Jamaluddin revealed that the ministry will help the FAM by giving RM2m to support the budget allocated for the Young Tigers to compete in Australia.
Ong Kim Swee's men will look to bounce back from their disappointing SEA Games campaign, where they lost to Indonesia in the semi-finals, and then Singapore in the bronze medal match-up.