REVIEW: FAM deputy president calls for changes for betterment of the sport
THE FA of Malaysia (FAM) could see some amendments made to its statutes during its Congress meeting in June.
"I think we need to review and refresh some inputs for the betterment of the sport.
"I would like to have a look at all of the articles in the statutes," said FAM deputy president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah on the sidelines during the announcement of English Premier League club Arsenal's Asia tour in Subang Jaya yesterday.
Tengku Abdullah's proposal will definitely get the support of office bearers and state FAs in regard to the national body's statutes.
"I am only making a study for my own consumption but if there is a need, I will discuss it at the next executive committee meeting or Congress."
The deputy president had offered to act as a mediator to mend the rift after deputy president Tan Sri Annuar Musa was slapped with a 30-month ban by the disciplinary board last week, but his statement did not get the support of the FAM president Sultan Ahmad Shah, who did not favour the idea.
Annuar was found guilty by the disciplinary board for breaching Article 88 which reads "only the president and secretary-general are allowed to comment about the national body or the national team while the other office bearers will need written permission from the congress before making a statement", for his statement on March 11.
Tengku Abdullah's statement in offering himself to mediate between the two parties is seen as contradicting the same Article.
"I don't see that as I am not touching on the national team or policy matters. I am just saying that as member of FAM, it is high time to do whatever I can to see the strengths and weaknesses of the Article and just maybe something good would come from it," added Tengku Abdullah.
"We should try to defuse any differences and concentrate on football. I am subject to many things but even if I had not said anything, somehow I would have been implicated. I had to make a stand to state my thoughts and feelings on this. I am also human.
He added: "I am not questioning the board's decision or Tuanku's orders but merely convening that I'm here in a small way if I can assist.
"I will have a look at the board's punishment. I want to review it first."
FAM general-secretary Datuk Azzuddin Ahmad, meanwhile said any proposal to amend the statutes must be submitted a month before the Congress.
"The executive committee will endorse them for submission to the Congress for discussion," said Azzuddin.