FMLLP chief executive officer, Kevin Ramalingam. NST FILE PIC

KUALA LUMPUR: Football Malaysia Limited Liability Partnership (FMLLP) are planning to change the organisational structure of each team competing in the Malaysia League (M-League) by identifying the team owners.

FMLLP chief executive officer, Kevin Ramalingam said that it is important to know who the owners are for every team, not just for management matters such as salaries but to also institute positive changes for the better in the team structure as a whole.

“Yes we do have a proposal in the pipeline to bring about changes in the M-League teams’ structure, as we want each team to register their owners. This is important especially when it comes to matters such as unpaid or owed salaries that are brought up, so we know who’s responsible that we can work with to resolve such matters.

“It is like a company which has an owner or owners, as if the workers salaries are not paid, it is known who is responsible. We are in the process of instituting new rules in the stipulated regulations for obtaining a club license, so perhaps within the next two years, we will be able to implement the new team structure,” he said.

The issue of unpaid and delayed payment of players’ salaries keeps on haunting the M-League as a few teams are said to be facing difficulties in discharging such duties of disbursing salaries owed to players.

In the most recent report, Kuantan FA are claimed to have not yet settled salary arrears amounting to RM145,250 to six former players as of January 15.

The Premier League Club still have six unsettled cases of salary arrears owed which has been brought to Fifa’s attention as well as 21 cases with the FA of Malaysia (FAM).

Kevin said that at present, only Super League club, Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) have an identifiable owner in Tunku Mohkota Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim who is also FAM president.

“There are those who are uncomfortable when I refer to JDT as an example, but the fact of the matter is, JDT have a very good organisational structure. If we look at the presidents of state teams, they are all either elected or appointed, so then who is responsible when problems such as salary arrears owed arise?” He said.

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