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Important Milestone As FAS Approved New Constitution ...

Outgoing FAS president Zainudin Nordin
"It is an important milestone in Singapore football!" as declared by the outgoing Football Association of Singapore (FAS) president Zainudin Nordin in the press conference that took place after the Extraordinary General Meeting (EOGM) at the Jalan Besar Stadium last evening.

The EOGM was called upon to pass the proposed new constitution for the game's local governing body after the initial plan to approve it was aborted in late September following requests from delegates for further consultations and amendments to be made on it.

And the outcome eventually saw the delegates (38 out of the 46 of them) presented at the EOGM unanimously voted in favour to endorse the new constitution and paved the way to have elections in place for the FAS office-bearers for first time in over 30 years.

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Throughout the media session, the panelists, that also included FAS vice-presidents Lim Kia Tong, Edwin Tong, Council Member S Thavaneson and General-Secretary Winston Lee, painstakingly emphasized exhaustive discussions had been taken place with relevant stakeholders before the concluding of what Lim said “is a sacred document” for local football.

“The unanimously vote in favour for the new constitution has demonstrated each member (delegates) is fully confident with the elements of it that will propel FAS further (to new heights).” said Lim, a 64-year-old lawyer who also serves as the deputy chairman of FIFA's disciplinary committee.

Concurring same sentiment is Hussain Razzak, the Honorary Secretary of Admiralty CSC.

“I am quite satisfied with the amendments (that are) made to accede to requests from the members,” said Mr Hussain, one of those delegates presented in EOGM.

“It's a lot of hard work needed to bring the confidence of Singapore football back in the right limelight with patience is the key that hopefully, the ground work will be productive and positive for our game (from now on).

“As long as they (FAS) have the blueprint all planned out with the relevant bodies supporting the new team in office, I will fully support them as long as it is a win-win situation for all in Singapore football.” added the veteran youth coach based in Woodlands region.

MP Edwin Tong is one of the FAS vice-presidents
According to the process, a Provisional Council whose members will be appointed by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), under the existing constitution, to assume the role of the current FAS council when the latter's term of office expires on the 15th of November.

Therefore, the priority for this Provisional Council is to ensure a seamless handling over of duties during this critical period which will see the landmark elections taking place to elect new office-bearers by May 2017 which Tong hopes to see the vote takes place “the sooner the better” to ensure smooth transition of powers.

In an official media release issued shortly later in the evening, it is stated that the “proposed amendments were made to align the FAS with FIFA’s statutes, of which a pertinent point is to have a freely elected council to head the Association.

The new 15-member FAS Council will see the President, Deputy President, four Vice Presidents and three other members elected as a slate, while individual candidates can contest the six remaining seats on the Council.

The panel at the press conference
There will also be three further positions on the Council, co-opted at the discretion of the Executive Committee, that will be allocated to candidates who possess technical skills and knowledge beneficial to the administration of football.

The new Constitution will now be sent to the authorities (i.e.: MCCY, Registry of Societies, etc.) for final clearance, and the elections will then be called in due course.”


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