JDT now under TMJ's ownership

2015 AFC Cup champions Johor Darul Ta'zim are now owned by former Johor FA president and royal patron, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim.

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2015 AFC Cup champions Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) have officially come under the ownership of Johor FA royal patron and former president, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, announced Johor FA on Saturday.
The announcement was made by the Johor FA president Ismail Karim on the Johor Southern Tigers Facebook page on Saturday evening, and he added that Tunku Ismail, who is also the crown prince of the state of Johor, "...will still continue his mission and vision for Johor football development."
He also added: "We commend HRH Crown Prince of Johor for his efforts in making the local football scene better through Johor Darul Ta'zim."
In the comment section of the announcement, the club further elaborated on the division of structure between JDT and Johor FA.
"...the difference from before is that JDT are now a full club, and a separate entity from the Johor FA which organises the overall football development programe in the state.
"As JDT owner, the Crown Prince of Johor will be involved directly in the decision-making process and club management, compared to his previous role as the Royal Patron, when he provided direction and counsel."
The move to put the 2014 and 2015 Malaysia Super League champions under the ownership of Tunku Ismail, also fondly known as TMJ, is seen as part of the privatisation process that is sweeping through Malaysian football currently.

Indeed the Southern Tigers have been at the forefront of the initiative ever since TMJ started taking an interest in football in Johor, showing other Malaysian teams how clubs should be run and managed professionally, culminating sensationally in their AFC Cup win last year as the first Malaysian side to achieve the distinction.