BY NIK AFIQ Follow on Twitter
After putting up a strong performance in 2015, Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar decided to give RM50 Million as a reward to Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT).
After winning the Malaysia Super League (MSL), Charity Shield and AFC Cup last year, Sultan Ibrahim made the decision to contribute RM50 Million to the squad as he is delighted how football in the state has united the citizens of Johor and put the state’s name on the map.
Through the official statement in JDT’s official facebook page last night, it stated that other than making sure that Johor will keep developing, and taking care of other matters in the state, Sultan Ibrahim has decided to contribute about RM50 Million to the JDT Football club.
The owner of the club, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim (TMJ), who is also the son of Sultan Ibrahim, believed that the contribution came after realising that the football project in Johor is a long term one which has become the factor of uniting Johor’s people.
Quoting from Utusan, TMJ said: “Although with this contribution, we still need to carefully spend our money for the future of this club in the long run because we are not as rich as other clubs who received sponsorship from millionaires in this country.”
“Our main priority is to develop our infrastructure and young talent as well as to make sure we have financial stability in the future. We need to learn from the mistakes that have been made by our rivals.”
“We already created history, so now it is up to us to continue improving ourselves. What we have achieved so far is only the beginning.”
TMJ was recently confirmed as the new owner of JDT Football Club. Before this he was the Royal Advisor of Johor Football Association club.