Singapore football draws Parliament’s attention, urged to hold election soon

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) was recently urged by Culture, Community and Youth parliamentary secretary Baey Yam Keng to hold its election and select its office bearers soon.

The Member of Parliament (MP) made his statement at a Parliament sitting held on Thursday this week.

FAS has been under the guidance of a provisional council since November 16, 2016, after the term of (the) last council expired. Until the new leadership team is elected, the direction of FAS remains uncertain,” Baey said.

"We urge the FAS to conduct the election soon."

Another member, Nominated MP Ganesh Rajaram, was particularly critical of the current local football climate, calling for quality leaders to step up and lead the FAS.

"In October last year, we sank to our lowest-ever world ranking of 171. Currently, we are at 164 and things don't look like they are going to get better any time soon,” he said.

"The S.League is dying a slow and painful death. Where did it all go wrong?

"I would like to suggest the reasons for this sad state of affairs – a lack of leadership and a lack of passion.

"To me, there is a dearth of strong passionate personalities like (former FAS presidents) the late (N.) Ganesan and Mr Mah (Bow Tan) in local football.

"My hope is that real leaders with real passion and no hidden agendas step forward and get the game back to where it should be."

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