Tuesday, June 24, 2008


I got a rude shock when told by Dato’ Seri Nizar, the present MB that until today that Dato’ Seri Tajol Rosli, the former Perak MB has yet to officially hand over the job to him. C’mon Bro, be a gentleman. Just get on with it with a simple ceremony. Stop being a sore loser. You got nothing to lose mate!


Soon after he was officially appointed as the twelveth Menteri Besar of Perak, his former classmates from as far as Australia got together with the PIBG and former teachers of Sekolah Menengah Teknik Brash Avenue, Ipoh to organise an alumni dinner at the school, in his honour as the first student from that school to hold such a high position.

The planning, the organisation was set for the occasion. Just before the function, the organisers received a rude shock from Perak Director of Education barring them from holding the function in the school compound. According to the directive, the function could proceed but elsewhere.
This was narrated by Dato’ Seri Nizar himself during the speech at the Malam Mesra, Kelab Keledang on 18 June 2008.

Hey Mr Director, don’t tell me that a leader duly elected by the Rakyat, consented by the Sultan cannot revisit his alma mater...and that school happened to be in Perak where he is the Menteri Besar.


They are owed four months salaries. Without their salaries, how on Earth can you expect those Penang footballers to put up a good game? Let alone to have a decent life. There are bills to pay, instalments to settle, food to purchase, mouths to feed and so much more things to do.
Penang FA is not the only football association to face the dilemma. Perak FA too is dead broke. Salaries unpaid, EPF contributions in arrears, income tax not settled and heaven knows what else lagi hutang.

Just wonder how many more football associations or football clubs in the country are in the same predicament? So please FAM, get your act together fast. No players can play with an empty stomach. Don’t blame the players if they have to resort to bookies to pay them their next meal.
My suggestion is very simple. Restructure the financial system. Allow all the teams to source their own sponsors. Any subsidy from FAM must go directly to players’ salaries. If need be, just centralise payroll.

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