Funding of RM10 million to support FAM operations: Ahmad Faizal
IPOH: The RM10 million donated by the government to the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) was needed as the national football body was facing financial constraints due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu, Minister of Youth and Sports(pictures) said that financial constraints had made it difficult for FAM to operate globally in terms of organizing leagues locally.
“They (FAM) cannot generate income from organizing leagues and that makes it difficult for them to operate, that’s why the government is helping them.
“The Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) would provide full assistance to FAM to popularize and help maintain football as the number one sport in Malaysia,” he told a press conference. after officiating at Tunas Tambun Perak Academy at Tanjung Rambutan public land. here today.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob reportedly said on January 17 that funding of RM10 million would be channeled to the FAM, proving that the government supports the development of football in the country.
Ahmad Faizal also denied that the donation to FAM led to cuts in allocations that were supposed to be channeled to other sports, despite those sports performing better than football.
“The government must spend according to its needs. This is what we do and we pay close attention to any issues that arise to ensure they are resolved as quickly as possible,” he said.
On the program today, he said 150 children between the ages of 7 and 12 were taking part in a selection session to be brought into the National Football Development Program (NFDP).
The main objective of the program was to unearth young talents who can become local footballers in the future, he added.-Bernama