Sarawak ordered to pay RM 118,000 in compensation to wrongfully-terminated players

Malaysian FA headquarters, 07062017
Zulhilmi Zainal/Goal Malaysia
Four other clubs have also been instructed by FAM's Status Committee to pay their players' overdue wages and wrongful-termination compensations.

BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter

Premier League side Sarawak have been ordered by the Malaysian FA's (FAM) Status Committee to pay RM118,000 (around USD28,800) in compensation to two of their former players.

In the committee's meeting on December 21, Thursday, the Sarawak FA was found to have wrongfully terminated the contracts of winger Thanaraj Kumarasamy and goalkeeper Iqbal Suhimi. The pair had played for the Crocodiles in the 2016 season.

According to the committee's statement, Sarawak must now pay Thanaraj RM60,000 and Iqbal RM58,000 within 30 days, or the cases will be escalated to the FAM Disciplinary Committee.

Similar judgments were also handed to Felcra FC and Perlis for the same infringements. The former have been made to pay Azi Shahril Azmi RM65,000 within 30 days, while the latter must pay Elfie Elyaz Harizam RM6,000 within 14 days.

Kuantan have also been ordered to pay a total of RM145,250 (around USD35,500) in late wages to six of its players, by 15 January 2018 at the latest. In September, the Seagulls were reported to have failed paying their players' salaries for 11 months.

The Armed Forces (ATM) meanwhile were instructed to pay RM81,000 in overdue wages and allowances to former player Razi Effendi Suhit.

However, justice was not only handed by the committee in favour of players. It dropped the overdue wage demands made by four former players of FAM Cup side Diamond Your System FC, which are now defunct.