Talking Points: Crocs' troubles, TMJ infuriates and Penang’s wantaway president

The 2017 Malaysia Super League (MSL) season is drawing to a close and turmoil is creeping in at Sarawak and Penang, both for financial reasons. Elsewhere Tunku Ismail invoked the wrath of many after somewhat denouncing Malaysia as his nation.

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The Crocs are battling for survival in MSL on a few fronts. While the players and coaching staff are eager to defeat T-Team in the final round of the season on October 28, the battle may have been already lost – off the field!

Sarawak FA’s failure to meet financial requirements and submit audit statements to Football Malaysia Limited Liability Partnership (FMLLP) leaves them desperately needing to complete their club licensing, a pre-requisite for all MSL teams starting 2018.

Sarawak Sports Minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah wants the situation to be solved quickly

The blame game has started with the new management, which came into power late last year, pointing fingers at the former management helmed by Datuk Sudarsono Osman.

The Sarawak Sports Minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah has also stepped in, demanding that the crisis be solved quickly.

He wants Sarawak FA to also meet Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) to get subsidies for their travels for matches. Karim argued that the Crocs have to travel across the South China Sea for every away game and that added a cost of at least RM50,000 for each trip.


FMLLP chief executive officer Kevin Ramalingam and FAM general-secretary Datuk Hamidin Amin left for Spain on Friday to study the La Liga.

Among their main task include understanding the development team regulations that apply to Barcelona and Barcelona B, who play in the Segunda Division.

Ramalingam (pictured) and Hamidin are off to Spain

This could potential lead to free movement of players outside the transfer window in Malaysia.  Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) are set to benefit most in the immediate future as JDT II are already playing in the second tier Malaysia Premier League (MPL).

Ramalingam and Hamidin will be expected to understand the regulations and implement it in Malaysia.

Also en route to Spain are Malaysia Under-22 coach Ong Kim Swee and Brad Maloney, who will spend a month on attachment with Atletico Madrid. The dates, however, have yet to be finalised.


Penang FA president Zairil Khir Johari announced his resignation with immediate effect last week, taking responsibility for the Panthers’ miserable season.

Penang were relegated from the MSL after being rooted to the bottom from the start of the season.

Penang are also facing financial troubles

Zairil, who came under fire by the fans in previous months, had only been president for less than a year.

Penang FA, however, have rejected the resignation, hoping for the state politician to help stabilise the club’s financial situation and at least stay in office until the annual general meeting in November.