LAST_UPDATEFri, 20 Jul 2018 7pm

From Selangor Fan Club Member To FAM President

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin was officially elected as president of the FA of Malaysia (FAM) for the 2018-21 term, replacing Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim who resigned in March, at the association’s 54th congress on Saturday.

The charismatic 53-year-old, touted by his peers as the most influential football official in Malaysia, is the seventh elected FAM president since 1951.

In his speech, Hamidin said: “I am honoured to takeover from Tunku Ismail. The position comes with huge responsibilities and I will do my utmost best for the betterment of Malaysian football.

“Some claimed that I will only be a puppet president but I can tell you now that I will not be under the fingers of anyone. World football has gone through reformations, and that is what we will do at FAM,” said Hamidin, a former banker who went on to be a prominent Selangor fan club member before joining the FA of Selangor (FAS) in 1995.

“Among my priorities will be on the national team, grassroots development and the association’s finances.”

The Gombak-born, who was appointed as the secretary-general of FAM in 2013 before being elected as president, confirmed that efforts to move the FAM headquarters as well as national team training ground to Putrajaya will also be one of the main agendas.

He is also aiming to push for referees in Malaysia to be fully professional in view of the increasing issues in domestic matches.