BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
Following Selangor FA (FAS') affiliation woes with PKNS FC that saw the association withhold permission that the Red Ants need to compete in the M-league, another FA in Klang Valley has been revealed to be facing an almost similar issue.
Veteran sports journalist Satwant Singh has revealed on his blog that the Kuala Lumpur FA (KLFA) has denied the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) permission to return to Malaysian football's third tier competition; the FAM Cup.
According to him, the reason behind the denial is that DBKL has been funding the Kuala Lumpur team that compete in the Premier League, and the return of DBKL to professional football could divert the financial resources that the City Boys have been receiving all this while.
"Money seems to be the main issue as KLFA feel that their share of the cake in terms of funding could be curtailed by the inclusion of DBKL which is the funding arm for the city team in the Premier League," he wrote.
Surely the Malaysian FA (FAM) now has to look into fixing the mechanism that grants state FAs power to issue club sides clearance to compete in the M-league, as it is apparent that it is now being abused for petty reasons.
And this is not first time that club sides have been victimised by state FAs and teams. In 2013, their junior sides were barred from participating in the U21 President's Cup, due to state associations' unease at seeing the club sides' blooming youth development, and in enticing state teams' youth players. Thankfully, that move was reversed in the following season, but not without having set back youth development in Malaysian football a few years.
For now, PKNS await FAM's decision on their status for the 2017 season, which will be decided in a three-way meeting on Friday, involving the club, FAM and FAS.
Kuala Lumpur also need to realise that turning to underhanded tactics by withholding an affiliate the chance to compete will only hinder the development of football in the country, while making a bigger mockery of its current situation.