Kuala Lumpur, 2 May 2023 – A Collaboration Agreement (Term of Reference) signing ceremony between the Professional Footballers Association of Malaysia (PFAM) and Malaysian Football League (MFL) was held at Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur.
This Collaboration Agreement was a PFAM initiative to share goals by fighting the image and commercial values of the Malaysian League. The goal of this signing ceremony is to build a framework that can protect players’ rights and also to promote sustainable growth in professional football in Malaysia.
In the same time, this is parallel with the global demand after the Global Labour Agreement (GLA) signed between FIFPRO and World League Forum (WLF) in September 2022 at International Labour Organisation (ILO) to take a bigger responsibility as social partner to strengthen mutually agreed solutions in the football industry.
Izham Ismail, Chief Executive Officer of PFAM, stated that PFAM is committed to cooperate with the MFL to make sure player’s right can be protected as well as keeping the integrity and commercial league value. “This Collaboration Agreement is a proof of PFAM vision and dedication to develop the professional football sector in Malaysia”, he added.
In addition, Stuart Ramalingam, Chief Executive Officer of MFL, stated that cooperation between MFL and PFAM is vital in improving the quality of professional league in every aspect, especially the club management and players’ career development.
“MFL is happy with this collaboration. We strongly believe that the success of club will reflect to the value of the league. MFL has taken a huge step by conducting the club privatisation and restructure of Malaysia League. Therefore, we can see this proactive step with PFAM will create a good framework between PFAM and MFL through the same process and mechanism,” he said.
MFL president, Dato’ Ab Ghani Hassan stating that this collaboration will strengthen the relation of collaboration between the national football league organizer and PFAM. “I believe that this collaboration is parallel with the vision and mission of MFL in league transformation process. MFL is not only developing to improve the competitiveness and commercial value of the league but also, to ensure the club and players’ interest is protected as well as supported by strong football ecosystem.”
Izham Ismail, Chief Executive Officer of PFAM, Mohd Safee Mohd Sali, President of PFAM, Stuart Ramalingam, Chief Executive Officer of MFL, Dato’ Ab Ghani Hassan, President of MFL, MFL Board Members, Joehari Ayub and Datuk Wira Kamarul Ariffin Mohd Shahar, delegates from FIFPRO, and also World Leagues Forum (WLF) attended the signing of the Collaboration Agreement between PFAM and MFL. This ceremony is conducted as part of the agenda in FIFPRO Division Asia / Oceania General Assembly.