Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin will not take sides in the run-up to the election for the post of Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president.
Khairy said he would work with any individual elected as the FAM president, be it Tunku Mahkota Johor (TMJ) Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim or Annuar Musa.
“As the Minister of Youth and Sports I have to be impartial,” Bernama reported as he saying after witnessing the signing of a sponsorship pledge for the 2017 SEA Games and Asean Para Games between the SEA Games committee and Ajinomoto Co.Inc, here today.
TMJ, the owner of Kelab Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) and Annuar, the Kelantan Football Association (KAFA) advisor, were announced as candidates for the FAM hot seat.
The FAM’s 53rd Congress is scheduled on March 25.
FAM secretary-general Hamidin Mohd Amin made the announcement after Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and former Home Ministry secretary-general Aseh Che Mat did not confirm their candidacy.
“I kept my word and withdrew from the race when TMJ gave his consent to contest for the post and that is very important,” said Khairy who acknowledged that both Tunku Ismail and Annuar were credible leaders and have vast knowledge in football.
However, they must be given time to change the landscape of football in the country, he said.
“The entire nation is hoping that the individual elected as the new FAM president can change the status of football in the country but they must understand that changes cannot be done immediately,” he said.