BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
The Malaysian FA (FAM) on Wednesday launched its development roadmap, which aims to improve the running of football in the country.
In a grand event held at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur that was also attended by FIFA president Giovanni Infantino, secretary-general Fatma Samoura and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) head Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, the association unveiled its 12-year plan; dubbed 'F:30'.
FAM president Dato' Hamidin Amin and secretary-general Stuart Ramalingam, who assumed their respective posts in July this year, outlined stage one of the plan during the event, which focused on the first four years of its implementation; from 2019 to 2022.
According to Stuart, there are three key areas that will be focused on by the association in the first four years; competitions, development as well as governance, with improvements in governance expected to anchor the changes in the other two areas moving forward.
In the booklet handed out by FAM to the media and stakeholders in attendance, the association states that it aims to be a "model Member Association and sport governing body in the region", while reforming its statutes in-line with FIFA and AFC statutes.
In the press conference, the press raised multiple issues regarding and queries on the plan, such as the association's ability to convince the state affiliate FAs to get on the same page and the likeliness of the plan to stay in place beyond the president and secretary-general's current terms.
Infantino however had only one advice towards FAM in regards to the implementation of the plan, when asked by Goal's own Ooi Kin Fai:
"There are no secrets to success. The only way is hardwork; from day one all the way, day by day, towards the implementation of these ambitious targets."
The digital form of FAM's F30 roadmap booklet is available for download here.
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