November 17, 2009 18:42 PMIPOH, Nov 17 (Bernama) -- Perak Football Association (Perak FA) president Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin today urged the Perak state government to help the cash-strapped association.
The former Menteri Besar urged current Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir to set aside political differences for the development of sports in the state.
"If Zambry decides to help Perak FA...fans in the state will certainly look up to him as a true leader," he told reporters at the Perak FA office here Tuesday.
Perak were among six teams that were barred from competing in the M-League next season for failing to meet terms and conditions set by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).
Mohammad Nizar who was the Perak Menteri Besar when he decided to take over as Perak FA president from Datuk Muhamad Mahiyuddin Abdullah, the Perak Malay Chamber of Commerce president.
"Look at Kelantan, although the Kelantan FA president is Kelantan Umno Liaison Chief Datuk Seri Anuar Musa, the PAS government continues to provide funds for the Kelantan team," he said.
The former Menteri Besar who claimed that he had no intention of relinquishing his post as president, added that Zambry's statement last week, urging Mohammad Nizar to resign if Perak FA could not settle its financial obligations, as unprofessional.
The FAM who made the announcement on Nov 2, are expected to make a final decision on the suspension during an FAM council meeting that is expected to be chaired by its president Sultan Ahmad Shah, soon.
The six teams were barred from the M-League competitions next season for failing to settle salary of players and money owed to the Employees Provident Fund (EPF).
Meanwhile, Perak PAS Youth has launched a state level donation drive to collect funds for the Perak team.