Millions of taxpayers’ ringgit were channeled into the National Football Development Programme (NFDP) which focused entirely on technical development and did little for talent placements.
Described as a political stunt to validate certain agendas, it is hoped footballer Luqman Hakim Shamsuddin’s fairytale journey to Europe will see a happily ever after ending.
In trying to convince the Finance Ministry that sports urgently needs a financial stimulus, our reasoning needs to be more than ideology-driven. It requires sound public policy that is transparent, accountable, and effective.
The Covid-19 pandemic reveals how poor salary management can leave a club in a fickle and volatile financial state.
Moods need to be lifted and the unemployment rate has to be kept in check. As such, football in Malaysia must continue even if it means behind closed doors.
Kemaman-based Muhammad Yunus Zakariah says the decision to boot Singapore out of the Malaysian football scene killed an entertaining feature that has been ingrained in the nation’s history since the 1920s.