The Professional Footballers Association of Malaysia (PFAM) have noted that they have received a complaint from Perlis’ veteran striker Safee Sali that he has still not received his first salary since joining the Northern Lions squad early last month (December). Pic by NSTP/ASYRAF HAMZAH

KUALA LUMPUR: The Professional Footballers Association of Malaysia (PFAM) have noted that they have received a complaint from Perlis’ veteran striker Safee Sali that he has still not received his first salary since joining the Northern Lions squad early last month (December).

PFAM president, Rezal Zambery Yahya said that the 2010 AFF Cup topscorer had contacted them to get advice regarding salary arrears which has now gone into the second month.

Rezal said that PFAM are very disappointed with such an issue surfacing when before this, the Perlis FA (PFA) had promised not to repeat such failures of the previous management which failed to settle players’ salary arrears for the 2016/2017 season to this day.

“We are not in any way trying to dispute Perlis’ credentials in playing in the Premier League because that is under the jurisdiction of the Malaysia Football League (MFL), in determining which team qualifies to feature.

“However what worries us is the fact that the players’ salary arrears issue which continues to drag on, worse still for the last couple of seasons.

“And now a similar issue has surfaced involving Safee who just signed up to play for Perlis for the coming new season. Yes, Safee has contacted us seeking advice while informing us that he has yet to receive his salary.

“With such worrying news, for sure we as the association that represents the players’ are very disappointed that yet another similar situation has cropped up,” he told NSTP Sports earlier today (Thursday).

The former Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) forward joined Perlis on December 7 together with a few other experienced local players, such as Badhri Radzi, , Amiridzwan Taj, Khyril Muhymeen Zambri and Azmi Muslim.

It is understood that last January 7 (Monday), Safee did not receive his first salary for the month of December, though PFA’s management did give their word to pay up at the end of this month (January).

However with tomorrow (Friday) being February 1, it is understood that PFA have yet to settle the players’ salary arrears with the squad, led by Manzoor Azwira Abdul Wahid, expected to begin their Premier League campaign for the new season against UKM FC at the Kuala Lumpur Football Association (KLFA) Stadium in Cheras this Sunday.

“PFAM are very disappointed with such unwated developments and strongly urge Perlis to resolve these issues immediately. This is because such issues will most definitelty affect the team’s preparations for the new season,” he added.