He has accused the media of conducting a smear campaign on behalf of rebel FAM members looking to move into the “top seat” of Malaysian football.

By Joe McDonough


Posted on October 6, 2017

Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) President, Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, says there’s a conspiracy to replace him.

He has accused the media of conducting a smear campaign on behalf of rebel FAM members looking to move into the “top seat” of Malaysian football.

The Crown Prince’s claims supported those made by CEO Kevin Ramalingam in the New Straits Times. “Of course, they not only want to oust him (Kevin), they also want to oust me as president,” he told a Johor Southern Tigers press conference, which was streamed live on Facebook. He added that there were many people in FAM who were “dreaming to become the association’s president”.

He said he was aware that some executive committee members want to appoint their own people. “But sorry, this is not a political party, this is a football association.”

“Many in FAM ask the media to write all kinds of things with the hope that I will get fed up and leave so that they have a chance to become president.”

He remains committed to his post despite the turmoil brewing within the association, and Ramalingam has his full support.