FAS to meet affiliates before Nov 7 EOGM

FAS vice-president Lim Kia Tong said the idea of consulting members has been a vital step.
FAS vice-president Lim Kia Tong said the idea of consulting members has been a vital step.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Having received no further suggested changes to its revised constitution after its annual general meeting (AGM) on Sept 24, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has called for an Extraordinary General Meeting (EOGM) on Nov 7.

It will discuss and vote to pass its amended constitution at the EOGM, where its one and only agenda is "the adoption of the new FAS constitution".

The topic was removed from the AGM agenda as some members had requested more time to discuss the proposed constitutional changes.

From now until Friday, its 46 affiliates can still propose any further changes to the reworked charter.

FAS vice-president Lim Kia Tong said: "It has always been our intention to engage and consult with members, and that can only happen after we first circulate the draft proposal when calling for the EOGM, and then starting the discussion with our members after collating all proposed suggestions.

"The plan has always been to have one-to-one sessions with all parties who have submitted their feedback and to have an open session with those who wish further clarification before the EOGM.

"This will allow for the smooth conduct of the EGM when the revised constitution is considered."

Once the new constitution is approved by its members - likely on Nov 7 - FAS' first election of its office bearers in 34 years, including a new president to succeed outgoing chief Zainudin Nordin, can then be called.

It is to that end that former Woodlands Wellington general manager R. Vengadasalam, who is managing a team to contest the election, is hoping that there will be no further delays to the process leading to the polls.

The 56-year-old said: "I have no qualms that an EOGM will be called by the FAS and we have about five days - and enough time - for us to meet up, discuss and respond.

"I hope for a quick closure on this (constitution changes) and we all want this to move forward so that the election can take place."

Zairi Ahmari, the secretary of GFA Sporting Westlake, an amateur team who are playing in the National Football League (NFL), agreed.

The 58-year-old said: "We are just looking forward to changes to the management as soon as possible so that we can see improvements. If things are not moving, the clubs (in the NFL) will continue to suffer."

Alvin Chia

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 11, 2016, with the headline 'FAS to meet affiliates before Nov 7 EOGM'. Print Edition | Subscribe