‘THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE A WEAK CHIEF MINISTER’: JOHOR PRINCE GIVES CORRUPT KEDAH UMNO A TONGUE LASHING FOR ‘CREATING TENSION’ & BRINGING POLITICS INTO JOHOR-KEDAH MATCH

I HAVE CONTACTED FMLLP TO SEE THE POSSIBILITY OF PRINTING AN ADDITIONAL 1,000 TICKETS FOR THE KEDAH SUPPORTERS WHO HAVE BEEN WRONGED BY CERTAIN PARTIES. I WILL ALSO DISCLOSE A FEW MATTERS FOR THE KNOWLEDGE OF FOOTBALL FANS IN THIS COUNTRY.

I will be contacting Dato’ Haji Hamidin Haji Mohd Amin, General Secretary of Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and Kevin Ramalingam, Chief Executive Officer FMLLP to enquire if there are any extra tickets for the Malaysia Cup Final to be given to Kedah fans who were not able to obtain tickets.

The relationship between Kedah fans and Johor fans are quite tense at the moment compared to before. This is strange as this never occurred during the old administration. This is what happens when you have a Chief Minister who is not firm and who have subordinates who “kerja yg bukan bukan” to create tension between the two parties for their own political gain. Political agenda should not be mixed with politics. Kedah and Johor fans should not fight with one another. This is what the politicians want as this is the political party’s strategy used from before in order to divide and conquer. We have to be united to rid elements of politics in football. They have a lot of money and have friends in the media, as well as using cyber troopers in social media to divide the rakyat. They create and write up hot issues in order to pit the two parties against each other. When we fight and are divided, they have everything to gain. My advice to all of you is not to bite their bait.

Recently, an exco member of an association and certain members of the association who administers a particular group chat, which consists of members of the media, sports personalities as well as several FAM exco members, speak about football as if they are highly intelligent with years of experience managing a successful association or football club. In reality, they have zero achievements and all they seem to do is talk and gossip all day long. People such as these only prioritize their personal interests. If these people are so intelligent, I would like to welcome these people to manage the country’s football. Some of these individuals, used to walk and sit with me. They think that by breathing the same air as me, they are everything. Unfortunately, this is certainly not the case. I will expose all their names during the next session with the fans in Kuala Lumpur soon.

Lately, FMLLP suggested to invite Radhi Mat Din, a football legend, and ex skipper for Kedah who have previously won the Malaysia Cup to feature in the opening ceremony of the Malaysia Cup Finals this Saturday. Surprisingly, FMLLP was blackmailed by Kedah exco, Dato Aminuddin stating that he will boycott the match should Radhi be invited on the basis that Radhi is a PAS Party member. I do not care if you are a member of PAS or a member of UMNO because football or sports in general have nothing to do with politics. Radhi has every right to be there at the finals together with the Kedah fans as he has contributed tremendously for Kedah when he won the Malaysia Cup.

These individuals are the same culprits responsible for demanding FAM to cover their own cost should FAM decide to hold the exco meeting in Kedah. It is as if they’re are deliberately hindering FAM from going to Kedah and hindering me from meeting the Kedah supporters whom I have utmost respect for. In the past, the FAM have been cordially and graciously received in states that have hosted exco meetings. Such states are Sabah and Terengganu. In both visits, all costs were covered by the hosts as we all believe that the cooperation the affiliates have with the FAM is for the betterment of football in this country. Those with personal agendas or political agendas should not involve themselves with football.

Lastly, I am aware that there are some within FAM who are not too fond of me because I am signing the cheques and making decisions on sponsorships. It’s no longer like before where everyone is keen to make a quick buck or two. I am not trying to block anyone from making a living, I’m simply discharging my duties entrusted in me and making sure that monies belonging to the association is well kept. In the past, an employers of FAM who also happens to be a spouse of a tv newscaster was able to go on a all paid for trip as a couple by FAM. Sadly however, those “cronyism” days are over. There are also a handful constantly hoping for the national team to lose so that they can instruct the media to pressure FAM’s President. They are doing this with the hope that I will give in, step down from my presidency so that they can resume their questionable activities that they’ve done in the previous administration.

I would also like to advice the UMNO Youths of Kedah to please watch your tongues. In football, we should only be enemies on the pitch and not off the pitch. Do not forget where your political party was formed, and learn to respect the Institution. When you are a politician, your job is to serve and be a servant of the people. You shouldn’t be a politician just to satisfy your personal interests.

HRH Major General Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, Crown Prince of Johor

GIVE PRIORITY TO FANS BECAUSE THEY ARE THE CORE OF FOOTBALL ASSOCIATIONS AND CLUBS

I’m really disappointed with the attitude and service given by Kedah Football Association towards their own die hard fans. The fans have queued and have come to every match at the Darul Aman Stadium to give support to their team, but didn’t manage to get tickets for the final match this Saturday. However, some individuals who have nothing to do with football acquired the ticket through certain channels.

I was informed that up to 6000 tickets were booked by certain people within Kedah FA. I’m very disappointed with Kedah FA’s treatment towards their fans, and I hope these individuals would not be part of any football association. It’s better to step down and give the roles to more qualified people who prioritise the fans and can run the association transparently.

In Johor, the Menteri Besar of Johor requested for 1000 tickets but i declined his request. I only provided 600 tickets for the special guests. I was also told that there were individuals in political parties who were fighting and sabotaging each other regarding the sale of the final ticket. An investigation will be carried out regarding this matter. If there’s no wrongdoings, alhamdulillah, but if it’s true, get ready to face me! To that individual, it’s better to resign from the Johor state government and get out of Johor. In Johor, there’s no place for corrupt people. Football belongs to the people and it shouldn’t be politicized. I decreed DO Kluang to take back the ticket distribution early tomorrow morning.

I hope all sides can learn from this mistake because the loyal fans are the core of every football associations and clubs.

HRH Major General Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, Crown Prince of Johor

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