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Melaka United warned of legal action for unpaid wages

19/01/2023 08:28 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 19 (Bernama) -- The Professional Footballers Association of Malaysia (PFAM) has warned that legal action will be taken against those responsible for not settling the salary arrears of Melaka United FC players which amounts to RM2.3 million.

PFAM through a statement issued today said the proposed legal action was to protect the welfare of players who have been suffering due to the attitude of the management that does not consider the welfare and hardship of the players seriously.

According to PFAM, the issue of ownership with the club has further aggrevated the situation because those responsible for settling the outstanding dues have failed to cooperate.

“Yesterday (Jan 18) was the deadline of a notice sent by PFAM to Melaka United, urging the club to settle the outstanding wages of the players. The players are facing financial difficulties since their wages for July to December 2022 have not been paid.

“What is more depressing is that players have monthly commitments to take care, especially to make sure their families are taken care and payments to banks are made in time. Many of the players have been receiving calls from banks to settle payments that are due,” said PFAM in the statement.

PFAM said Melaka United had also failed to adhere to a directive by the National Dispute Resolution Chamber (NDRC) on Nov 4, last year which ordered the club to make an initial payment of one month’s salary.

A report on the outstanding wages for the following months had been sent by the PFAM to the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) for the purpose of seeking the attention of the NDRC.

“This reality is very disappointing because as professional football players in the country, their salary is paid based on agreements or contracts that they have agreed and signed with their respective team managements and provisions in the contract must be fulfilled.

“They should not be begging for something which is legally theirs,” said PFAM.

Yesterday, former Melaka United player Syukri Baharun questioned how could a team that has failed to settle the wages of players for six months last year, be allowed to change the name to Melaka FC and placed under a new management to play in the M3 League.

Earlier, Melaka United and Sarawak United were dropped from the 2023 league season after the applications of both clubs for licence to play in the league was rejected since both clubs had failed to settle the salary of players last season.

-- BERNAMA

 

 


 


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