Desperate PFAM raises the stakes over unpaid salaries

The group that represents professional Malaysian footballers has called the sport’s governing body to demand unpaid salaries and wrongful termination cases pending since June are resolved immediately.

The Professional Footballers’ Association of Malaysia (PFAM) resorted to the press in the hope it will help solve long-standing contractual disputes between players and their clubs.

PFAM released a list of those who were still waiting for the Football Association of Malaysia’s status committee to hear their case.

We expressed our disappointment the case was still not heard. We have not even got a response


It listed seven players – Farouk Hashim, Fariss Azlan, Fazilidin Khalid (all from Kuala Lumpur FA), Azrul Ahmad (Felda), Yoganathan Munusany (Sabah), Anis Faron and Jonathan McKain (Kelantan) – plus the entire ATM squad.

Last month, McKain (pictured above, left) told FourFourTwo the Red Warriors could face an exodus of players because of unpaid salaries.

FourFourTwo understands players such as Khairul Fahmi Che Mat, Wan Zack Haikal Wan Nor and Brendan Gan are all keen to move on, despite being tied to the club beyond 2015.

"We made a complaint on behalf of the players in June and in a letter dated August 10, we expressed our disappointment that the case was still not heard. We have not even got a response to our letter," said PFAM chief executive Izham Ismail in a statement.

"Justice delayed is justice denied. We are upset this happens because it affects the livelihood of our players.

“It is an exploitation of their right of remuneration and forces players to find alternatives to cover their expenses.

"We hope the status committee take this matter seriously and get to the bottom of things."

The players from KL and Felda claim they were unfairly dismissed while Yoganathan has yet to received compensation following his termination.

McKain and ATM have not received full payment of their salaries for several months.