Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin will not contest for the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) presidency if Tengku Mahkota of Johor (TMJ) Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim confirms his candidacy.
“If TMJ is contesting, I don’t need to be there as I have other things to do,” said Khairy, who conveyed the message to a FAM representative.
Speaking to reporters after attending a function at Johor Baru today, he said that he was yet to ‘get hold’ of FAM secretary-general Hamidin Mohd Amin.
“I think he is ‘running away’ from me.
“But I will see him at some point today, although my day is kind of full,” he added.
Yesterday, Khairy said he would meet Hamidin to fill in the application form for the presidency contest.
Three others figures nominated for FAM presidency are Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) club owner TMJ, former FAM deputy president Annuar Musa and FAM integrity committee chairman Aseh Che Mat.
So far, only Annuar, who is also Kelantan Football Association (Kafa) president, has confirmed that he would contest the post in the FAM Congress on March 25 this year.
When asked to comment on the violent disturbance which broke out at the State Stadium in Batu Kawan, Penang last night, Khairy said the issue must be seriously addressed for the sake of the security of fans.
“I hope the new leadership of FAM will be able to address this,” he added.
The disturbance was instigated by fanatical supporters of the ‘Black Panthers’ outside the stadium following Penang’s defeat to Sarawak in their Super League match.