FAS should open up about council election

As a national sports organisation, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has to understand the importance of accountability.

It is a shame that it has repeatedly shied away from informing the public about the election of its council members in an open and timely manner ("FAS keeps potential president waiting"; July 26). It has chosen to keep secret its discussions on the election of council members.

FAS must keep to the spirit of fair play and refrain from introducing criteria aimed at ensuring only a few are eligible to contest the council presidency.

Football fans want to hear candidates' manifestos on how they will improve football, as well as other areas of concern.

One example is their plans to ensure succession planning. How will they ensure local coaches will be groomed to succeed Mr Michel Sablon as technical director? What plans are in place to prepare local coaches to lead the national team one day?

I would also like to know how candidates aim to create jobs for locals. Will they impose a quota on foreign administrative staff in FAS?

There are many issues the candidates need to address. It is only fair and professional that the FAS management announce the full details, including the qualifying criteria, as soon as possible.

Football fans want to see a fair challenge on a level playing field so that the most sincere and capable man (or woman) can be elected to revive football.

Chan Siang Ming

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 04, 2016, with the headline 'FAS should open up about council election'. Print Edition | Subscribe