Sarawak in the red

KUCHING: The FA of Sarawak (FAS) are in bad shape. They are RM3.5mil in debt and owe money to their players, the Employee Provident Fund (EPF) and Inland Revenue Department.

The FA’s new secretary-general Mohd Abu Bakar Marzuki said they had yet to settle salary arrears of their senior team players.

“It is our responsibility to settle the debts,” he added after top officials of the revamped FAS met with state Social Development Minister and Urbanisation Minister Datuk William Mawan at Bangunan Baitulmakmur here yesterday.

Mawan, who is the minister in charge of sports, said the restructured FAS, under new president and Daro assemblyman Dr Murni Suhaili, were expected to come up with a development blueprint and action plan in two weeks.

Mawan was confident the new team could help revive Sarawak football.

Mohd, the Sarawak Foundation director, said that besides raising money to clear the debts, FAS would need an injection of funds to finance their programmes.

He declined to indicate if the financially-strong Sarawak Foundation would “rescue” FAS.

Mawan also said a Sarawak football development steering committee had been set up, and they had come up with a five-year programme to groom young players for national competitions.


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