EXCLUSIVE: ‘Where’s my money?’ asks former Negeri Sembilan import … eight years later!

In light of recent decisions to docks points from Malaysian clubs for not settling their dues, former Negeri Sembilan import Marian Juhas has decided enough is enough, deciding to reveal his eight-year wait for compensation for contract termination in 2009. Vijhay Vick speaks to the Slovakian, the Professional Footballers Association of Malaysia (PFAM) and Football Association of Malaysia (FAM)... 

Football Malaysia Limited Liability Partnership (FMLLP) docked six points from Kelantan, T-Team, Perlis and ATM a fortnight ago for failing to provide up to date documents on their obligations towards players’ salaries, compensation, income tax, provident fund and insurance payments.

Juhas is perplexed why Negeri has been allowed to compete without any sanction despite the Malaysia Premier League (MPL) side failing to pay compensation owned for terminating his contract ahead of the 2009 season.

Intriguingly, Juhas has a favourable decision from the FAM status committee in July 2009, ordering Negri to pay 11 months of compensation by August 22, 2009.

I personally wrote letters to FAM general secretary Datuk Hamidin Amin on April 19, 2017 and to FMLLP chief executive officer Kevin Ramalingam on May 3, 2017 again to inform both of them about my problem. Until today I do not have any answer from them. So what is going on there?

- Former Negeri player Juhas

Juhas is still hopeful of receiving USD49,500 (RM215,028) he is owned.

“I urged both sides (FAM and Negeri) hundreds of times through my FIFA agent Miroslav Bozik and my attorney Jan Zlocha. Both parties, FAM and Negeri completely ignored my interests,” Juhar told FourFourTwo.

“I wrote a letter again to PFAM about my problem last September. They checked with FAM and I was shocked when Azzairi Rosle from PFAM told me that FAM do not have any records or any files pertaining to this case. How could this happened?

“Every letter, email and fax we sent to FAM were destroyed or erased by somebody. Luckily I had all copies so I sent all of them to PFAM. I was told the case would be heard by FAM disciplinary committee but it’s been a while and I do not see any results so far.

“I personally wrote letters to FAM general secretary Datuk Hamidin Amin on April 19, 2017 and to FMLLP chief executive officer Kevin Ramalingam on May 3, 2017 again to inform both of them about my problem. Until today I do not have any answer from them. So what is going on there?

“FMLLP already docked six points for four teams for failure to settle outstanding debts. But what about Negeri?” he asked.

Kelantan is one of the four teams which have been docked six points in 2017. (Photo: Asiana.my)

Delayed payment of salaries and compensation have been a perennial problem in Malaysia, even attracting the attention of FIFPro – the worldwide footballers’ association – but FAM and FMLLP appear to be taking a tougher stance since Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim became FAM president in March.

The now 37-year-old Juhas hopes he would attract the right attention by going public with his plight and repeatedly told FourFourTwo, “I’m only asking for my dues”.

“I think Tunku Ismail is the right person for this job. I was seeking his official e-mail or fax number so I could write directly to him but I could not get it,” he said.

“I hope he will read or hear about my story and order the officials to look seriously into this case because I think he is the only person that can resolve this problem and my debts will finally be settled.”

Juhas needs to prove he tried for eight years

FAM are caught in limbo because the lack of documentation from previous years and a limitation period of six-years could be Juhas’s undoing, unless he can prove correspondences with Negeri and FAM after he got a favourable decision.

Delayed payment of salaries and compensation have been a perennial problem in Malaysia, even attracting the attention of FIFPro – the worldwide footballers’ association – but FAM and FMLLP appear to be taking a tougher stance since Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim became FAM president in March.

Hamidin revealed to FourFourTwo that the earliest known correspondence regarding the matter was only though PFAM in September 2016.

“It only came to our attention last September. There is no recorded letters or emails since I came on board in 2013 and I am not aware of any prior to that,” said Hamidin.

“Since we got alerted, we have asked Negeri for an explanation on the matter but they too were unaware of it because it was a 2009 case. There is a six-year limitation period for cases but we will be writing to Juhas when I return from Bahrain (Friday), asking him to provide proof that he tried writing to Negeri and FAM for the last eight years.

“The case will then have to go to either the status committee or disciplinary committee depending on what information Juhas can provide us,” he said.

Eight years or not, PFAM hopes dues can be settled

PFAM, have urged Negeri to fulfil their obligations to the player and hope FAM get to the bottom of the matter as soon as possible.

We forwarded the matter to FAM and have been waiting for the case to be heard by the disciplinary committee because there has been a clear violation of the status committee decision.

- PFAM CEO Izham

“We forwarded the matter to FAM and have been waiting for the case to be heard by the disciplinary committee because there has been a clear violation of the status committee decision,” said PFAM chief executive officer Izham Ismail.

“We hope the matter is resolved immediately considering Juhas has been waiting for his money for a long time. PFAM urges Negeri to take responsibility as soon as possible although this was during the previous management’s regime.”

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