Malaysia Super League football club Selangor FC recently clarified that they have never been financially assisted by any team. The response came after Tunku Ismail Idris (TMJ) revealed that he had previously come to the aid of the team twice.
According to Selangor FC CEO, Dr. Johan Kamal Hamidon, since being under the leadership of Raja Muda Selangor, Tengku Amir Shah, in July 2018, the Red Giants squad has never received any assistance from competitors in the Malaysian League.
“Since a lot of people have been asking, I would like to make it clear that under the leadership of Tuanku RMS (Raja Muda Selangor) since July 2018, Selangor has never received any financial assistance from other teams. The club’s funds are only from official sponsors and commercialisation activities only,” Johan Kamal explained on his Twitter.
Not long after Dr. Johan posted his statement, Twitter user Mhd Shamin later called for the Johor Prince himself to confirm the matter. The owner of the football giant Johor Darul Ta’zim stated that he had financially assisted Selangor FC while the team was under the auspices of Datuk Subahan Kamal.
TMJ wrote in response to Mhd Shamin’s tweet, “I provided my help when Datuk Subahan Kamal (served as president for Selangor FA) back then. At that time, Selangor FC was at the peak of their career. They even became champions. Ever since Raja Muda Selangor took over (the team), with the help of experts of the local football scene, they received a lot of money from the government. So, they no longer need any help. Job well done.”
Apart from Selangor FC, Tunku Ismail also claimed that he had helped other teams namely Penang FC, Kelantan FC and Melaka United, and most recently, Perak FC, with their salary arrear issues.