Another call for the M-League has been called.
Is this change going to give fresh breath to Malaysian soccer?
For all you know, the State FAs have already drawn their knives and are sharpening it, to get rid of the very people who suggested it.
That should be no surprise because it is the State FAs who rule in the FA of Malaysia. If there is anybody who threatens their supremacy, they will do everything within their means to get rid of them.
So, Tuanku Sultan, better beware.
Don't blame the FA of Malaysia and the Sultan of Pahang for the ills of Malaysian soccer. Blame the State FAs. They are the main culprits.
Just to underline the powers of the State FA, on Sunday at the FA of Malaysia Congress, they shot down the new constitution which was in line with demands by the international governing body. (Read this NST story).
Managing a M-League for about eight teams who are financially sound is nothing new. There was a study-group from FA of Malaysia who went to Japan and Korea not so long ago and came back hailing the League. What happened after that? We still go about running our M-League the way we want - pleasing all the affiliates!
For starters, the Malaysian League should have never gone semi-professional, let alone professional.
Now we are talking about going back to Semi-Pro. This is nothing new again. It has been written over and over. But who cares? (Refer to these stories a; - b; c; d; e)
Let us start talking about schools soccer and a visionary five or ten years development programme to see Malaysian soccer rise again. But no one is going to talk about it because it is long-term, no immediate monetary gains and it is sheer hard work.
You can revamp the M-league anyway you want, but there is no way the Malaysian soccer standard is going to rise.