IPOH: April 19, 2008 by R. G. Raj
The Perak Football Association (PFA), already facing a financial crisis, has been ordered by the Ipoh City Council to settle RM560,000 in stadium charges.
No deadline was given but the city council has been urged to act to recover the accumulated sum arising from PFA's use of the Perak Stadium for Malaysian Super League, FA Cup, Malaysia Cup and other matches.
Perak Education, Local Government, Housing, and Public Transport chairman Nga Kor Ming urged the city council to recover the sum during an official visit on Wednesday.
However, PFA acting president Datuk Muhammad Mahiyuddin Abdulah said the figure was incorrect.
"The problem is until the last season, the city council had been taking five per cent for each match played at the stadium.
"I don't know how they came up with the figure. We will meet city council officials before we decide on the next move."
Mahiyuddin, who is also PFA acting treasurer, said he would seek the help of the state government to resolve the problem. "This is a state matter. The PFA is a state body and the rates charged by the city council are quite high."