FAS needs to explain the $500,000 ‘donation’ to a foreign entity

Throughout the 2016 football year, Singapore’s National Football League (NFL) only received about $70,000 in allocation of financial resources from the Football Association of Singapore (FAS).

And for the longest time, the FAS has been crying for more financial resources.

At the last annual general meeting for the financial year 2016, even then president Zainudin Nordin said:

“We (the FAS) need the resources and facilities to bring these plans to life, because without these, the plans remain just words on paper. Even before we get the resources we hope for, we are already doing what we can with the resources we do have.”

So the revelation by Mr Bill Ng that he had donated $500,000 to FAS which was then channeled out to the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) for a Football Management System at the end of 2014 raises more questions which the FAS will need to answer.

In response to queries by TODAY, Mr James Lim, who is contesting the FAS elections as an independent candidate said: “I am of course taken aback that FAS would be soliciting donations for an external and even foreign organisation. The FAS has no business soliciting funds for AFF when they are always telling the public that it lacks the funds to implement the Strategic Plan.”

He added: “Even more shocking is that the donations were not from Bill personally but from the football clubs. Basically, money has been taken out from Singapore football, and from local football clubs. Winston has to come clean and reveal what was going on between Bill and FAS.”

As of now, the FAS will need to show that it has been transparent in this partnership with the AFF.

And it will need to answer these questions:

  1. Was the Council aware of what transpired in this transactions between the AFF and the FAS?
  2. Can the FAS produce minutes of meetings which showed that Mr Bill Ng’s donations were accounted for?
  3. Was the Council aware of the request made by FAS general secretary Winston Lee to Mr Bill Ng?
  4. There has always been a lack of financial resources for Singapore football. Why did it allow money to flow to a foreign entity?
  5. Why was Mr Bill Ng asked to donate through the FAS when he could have donated directly to the AFF?
  6. Were the donations by Mr Bill Ng acknowledged in writing?

Instead of responding to the comments by Mr Bill Ng by giving an account of what happened, its General Secretary Winston Lee responded with a statement which sounded legalistic in nature.

For this is a matter of public interest, its response has only proven further why a change in the highest echelons of Singapore football is necessary and at this point, imperative.

With nine out of fifteen members on Team LKT’s team in the previous FAS Council, it is also vital that they explain if they knew of this transaction between FAS and AFF.

If they were aware of this donation and still let it continue, they stand on zero moral ground to lead Singapore football.

And if they were not aware, it only further exemplifies why they should not be allowed to continue their sojourn with Singapore football.

 

By Kannan Raj

* Article first appeared on The Online Citizen.

 

 

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13 Responses to “FAS needs to explain the $500,000 ‘donation’ to a foreign entity”

  • Will the Attorney General C:

    look into this matter in the public interest ???

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  • Amos humiliated L*L and PAP:

    “Legalistic” or in Singapore a better term is “LEEGALISTIC” is the MO (modus operandi) of LKY, his son and PAP in persecuting their critics / opponents. Amos Yee used the same strategy but in the US Court (which the PAP does not control) and beat L*L (and PAP) to the pulp. They were totally destroyed and could/would not reply. He beat big-time them at their own game. PAP is now in tatters – no credibility and no legitimacy. Singaporeans should FOLLOW UP and finally throw out PAP at the next GE. Bury PAP once and for all with LKY. They are history. Time to move on and make Singapore a REAL democracy.

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  • Bapak:

    FAS simply has the wrong people running the show. And you know who install them! “For local football development” is another song, just like that famous “With You, For You” song.

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  • Ownself Check Ownshelf:

    Using donations to buy future positions instead of local soccer.
    All the wayang titles, self serving schemes, makan all benefits. We have one MP who has thirty dozens directorships.

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  • football fans?:

    Singapore football has become a JOKE!!…Same same as the train breakdowns….so much so that nobody wants to talk about it!!

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  • PAP snake oil seller:

    Singapore football has become a JOKE!! Same same as the train breakdowns !! Same as ASS LOONG AND HIS BUNCH OF CLOWNS.

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  • Sinkapore:

    Singapore football scene is a waste of time. Just bcos SG gov want face after being booted out of Malaysia Cup, they think they can start own league and be successful…. Keep pumping money into it just to keep it alive. Who is watching S-league anyway??

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  • Python 5:

    its all corruption!! and its exposed now.
    so its every man for himself.

    same like the CHC drama.

    so this is small scale sample of what would happened if the PAP falls from power and get investigated vigourously. when cornered at the cliff’s edge, everyone will elbow and shove everyone else to fall off or face the legal adversary.

    football fans?:
    Singapore football has become a JOKE!!…Same same as the train breakdowns….so much so that nobody wants to talk about it!!

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  • Python 5:

    the directorships all legalised funds embezzlement with official but fictitious employee appointments to protect themselves.

    Ownself Check Ownshelf:
    We have one MP who has thirty dozens directorships.

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  • Optimistic:

    I am optimistic that our sports minister grace fu can turn Singapore soccer around…. We will win Olympic gold soon.

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  • MarBowling:

    At CHC(Con Hee Church) the programme was promoted and publicized as the “CROSSOVER” Project!

    At FAS(Football Arsociation of SinKapore), the programmer was promoted and publicized as the CROSS-UNDER-THE-TABLE aka CROSS-UNDER-THE-SKIRT” Project!

    No wonder some time ago, the World Football Association or FIFA commented that political appointees shouldn’t be squatted in FAS!

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  • Concerned:

    FAS explanations should certainly be made to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau, and the public at large.

    Since this is happening to soccer, wondering if there’s any action/inaction and irregularities re swimming and table tennis, and all the other sports.

    Perhaps the whole sports scene in Singapore should be ripped apart? Its looking as if things may not be that sporting at all.

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  • Arm's length transaction:

    Will the Attorney General C:
    look into this matter in the public interest ???

    The simple answer is no. Why Because the PAP MP Zainudin was FAS president when the money crossed hands. Unless it turns out to be a test of CBT 409 or CBT 406.

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