FAM general secretary defends TMJ amid supporters’ criticism

Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) general secretary Hamidin Amin urged the local supporters to lay-off unwarranted criticism towards the recent dismal performance of the national team.

“Fans need to make an analysis based on facts,” said Hamidin in a statement on Thursday, as quoted by the New Straits Times.

“Firstly, the national team’s performance has not been good for a while and it is our duty to find a new formula to improve its performances.

“Secondly, many took issue when Tunku Ismail said being president is only a part-time job. This statement is correct because all FAM executive committee members serve on a part-time basis.”

Meanwhile, Hamidin defended FAM president Tunku Ismail Idris (TMJ), claiming that Malaysian clubs cannot be financially viable without the Johor Crown Prince.

“Should Tunku Ismail decide to leave FAM, it is the association which will suffer.

“Previously, FAM did not give more than RM400,000 but if Tunku Ismail no longer heads FAM, then the sponsors will withdraw and then there will be no money to distribute.”

Malaysia plunged to number 170 in the latest FIFA rankings list for October, which has been the national team’s worst ranking since TMJ took charge in March.