FAS Candidates: Ex-Lions, a former GM and the trailblazing female

Fourteen people have come forward to run as individual candidates for the six individual Football Association of Singapore (FAS) council seats. FourFourTwo are profiling them all, starting off here with the first seven... 

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Lim Tong Hai (aligned to Team LKT)

A former Singapore national team centre-back who earned more than 40 caps for his country, Lim Tong Hai is the most famous names of the 14 individual candidates. Someone who has contributed to local football as a player, coach and administrator, Tong Hai will add experience and his diverse perspective to the FAS Council.

She has also been in the news previously for her inspirational story of overcoming mighty odds to secure a place in Nanyang Technological University

Tong Hai, 47, has turned out for local clubs Tiong Bahru United (renamed Tanjong Pagar United) and Geylang International and has also previously been Geylang’s head coach. Currently, he juggles his roles as chairman of the FAS Referees Committee and as a senior lecturer at the Institute of Technical Education at ITE College East.

Sharda Parvin (aligned to Team LKT)

Set to be the first woman ever elected to the FAS Council, Sharda Parvin is the only female candidate among the 14 in the running for one of six council member slots. The 32-year-old, who will turn out for Tanjong Pagar United in the Women's Premier League this season, has already stated that she plans to help strengthen the existing pipeline to develop youth and women's football at the schools and grassroots levels.

Currently, Parvin is a teacher at the Pathlight school while she has also been in the news previously for her inspirational story of overcoming mighty odds to secure a place in local university, Nanyang Technological University, despite once scoring a PSLE aggregate score of 133.

Shahri Abd Rahim (aligned to Team Game Changers)

Another ex-Singapore international who will be contesting the council seats will be former national goalkeeper Shahri Rahim. Currently a service executive at Komoco Motors, Shahri was a custodian at club level for the likes of Singapore Armed Forces FC (now Warriors FC), Tampines Rovers and Balestier Khalsa before becoming a goalkeeping coach with Geylang International.

His current involvement with grassroots football is as the president of National Football League (NFL) second division outfit South Avenue Football Club and it is at the grassroots level where Shahri has stated he hopes to make an impact.

A number of candidates have ties to the Eagles

Jeffrey Sim (aligned to Team Game Changers)

A close aide of Game Changers’ leader Bill Ng, Jeffrey Sim is the treasurer of S.League side Hougang United, a role that he combines with being a manager in the insurance industry.

Already he has mentioned a few areas that need to be restructured and improved within the FAS, singling out coaching education programmes, grassroots clubs and local leagues as priorities for change. The 49-year-old is also reportedly had a say in the recruitment of players into Hougang over the last few years, including former player of the year Fumiya Kogure.

Adrian Quek (aligned to Team Game Changers)

Another candidate that has experience as an administrator with a local club is Adrian Quek, who was previously general manager of S.League side Geylang International. The 50-year-old is currently the executive manager of Active Quotient International, a sports management business.

If elected, Quek will bring with him invaluable experience from his stint as a deputy director at the Singapore Sports Council from 2010 to 2011. In addition, Quek also has the know-how of staging big events as he was the marketing communications lead for the Singapore leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup in 2016.

James Lim (not aligned to either team)

A familiar name, especially if you happen to have been following the Woodlands Wellington-Hougang United merger saga over the last few years. James Lim, a die-hard Woodlands fan, has often spoken out and strived to save the Rams from being shut down.

An education company general manager and junior football coach, he has already stated he wishes to be elected so that he can be a check against the winning elected team and impact grassroots football. The 52-year-old is also a former People Association’s (PA) deputy director and if there is one thing to note about him, it is his undying passion for local football.

Edward Liu (not aligned to either team)

Another independent candidate in these elections is Tanjong Pagar United chairman Edward Liu. Liu took charge of the club after Tanjong Pagar sat out the 2005 S.League season owing to financial problems. After they were remedied with the help of Liu’s stewardship, the club re-entered the competition in 2011, only to sit out in the 2014 season. Since then, Liu’s club has not been back.

Nevertheless, Tanjong Pagar will be competing in the upcoming Women's Premier League while Liu has told local media that he hopes his club will return to the local league as soon as possible. Aside from the Jaguars, Liu is the managing director of Conference & Exhibition Management Services, a regional event organising company.