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The Professional Footballers’ Association of Malaysia (PFAM) took two important steps in its efforts to improve player rights. The PFAM signed a memorandum of understanding with the Malaysian FA and welcomed women’s national team players as its first female members.

“It is an historic day,” PFAM Chief Executive Izham Ismail said after signing the agreement with FA Malaysia. The player association is now officially recognized as representative body of the players. Both organizations vowed to solve major issues through collaboration.

“We have already started discussing the introduction of a better standard player contract and the establishment of national dispute resolution,” Izham said.

The major issues faced by Malaysian footballers include non-payment of salaries, unjust termination of contract, and illegal contracts which allow clubs to terminate these contracts due to issues such as injury or poor performance.

Malaysian footballers reported serious problems in FIFPro Asia’s 2015 research including overdue pay (43 percent), training alone (27%) and contracts cancelled without just cause (15%).
“The results of the FIFPro Asia research still reflect the situation in Malaysia. We hope that will change with the step we have taken now,” said Ismail.

Female members

A couple of days after signing the agreement, PFA Malaysia welcomed the players of the women’s national team as new members.

“We have strong support from the group and it is an important first step in recognising female footballers' contribution to the game as we seek to improve their working environment,” Izham said.

The national team players participated in FIFPro’s women’s football survey along with almost 4,000 female players worldwide.

The survey is designed to improve knowledge of the women’s game that leads to reforms. .

Results of the questionnaire will be unveiled at a major women’s football conference at FIFPro House in Amsterdam on August 7.

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