Recently I was informed that questions were raised regarding the facilities of Johor Darul Ta’zim FC. Tan Sri, all stadiums in Johor indeed belongs to the Johor state government, and in turn, the government belongs to the Johor Royal Family that has existed since 1885. It means that it is His Majesty the Sultan of Johor’s prerogative on how to utilise all the state’s properties. Don’t compare this state with other states. Johor has existed before independence, with its own ways and constitution since 1885.
The state of Johor is also the stronghold of the ruling party today. The day for people to cast their votes is edging closer, so don’t stir up a hornet’s nest because there will be consequences. Tan Sri, don’t be a liability to your own party. You clearly have your own interest within the party. We are fully aware that you Tan Sri, built the Kelantan Football Association (KAFA) from the beginning thus you also need to be responsible for the KAFA’s failures and problems they’re facing today. Tan Sri, you shouldn’t be a captain who abandons his ship at the first sight of trouble. As you’ve barely managed to run KAFA properly, it’s better that you forget about leading Malaysian football.
Tan Sri, you also mentioned that JDT destroyed the Malaysian football market by over paying way the players. The local football system today is advanced, and all the teams are now able to afford and compete in the league. It is simple maths, JDT at most can only register between 27 and 30 local players at a time. How many thousands of players are there in this country? If you want to sign the same players as us,of course you will spending a lot and eventually your money will be depleted. It is up to JDT on how much we want to pay our players. There are many other players out there who can play and no one needs to compete with JDT to get the best players. Just stay within your means and don’t try to compete with the JDT way.
Lastly Tan Sri, before you comment on other clubs or states, please focus on managing KAFA properly first. Don’t waste your time probing into other teams or clubs. Settle the debt of RM6.7M before talking about other matters and mind your own business. In my humble opinion, when Tun Dr Mahathir gave you the money to wrestle back Kelantan, you should’ve used it wisely for their welfare instead of buying a Porsche Panamera.
HRH Brigadier General Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, Crown Prince of Johor
Hidup Johor Demi Johor