PETALING JAYA (3 May 2020) – The FA of Malaysia (FAM) have laid down the guidelines for teams who want to impose a pay cut on their players due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that is currently ravaging the world.
The guidelines also made it clear with a hard ”do not abuse” warning to teams who have not settled their players and officials their salaries until March 2020.
FAM secretary-general Stuart Ramalingam such teams will have to settle their dues first before they can introduce the pay cut.
Melaka United, Kedah, Penang and Kelantan came into the limelight recently when it was revealed that the said teams have not paid their players and officials.
”These teams will not be allowed to make any salary deductions unless the parties concerned reached an agreement with the players and officials,” said Stuart.
The FAM’s pay cut structure falls into four categories.
Those who earn RM4,999 and below it is a 10% deduction while it is 15% who earn between RM5,000 to RM9,999.
It is a 20% deduction for those who fall into the RM10,000 – RM14,999 bracket and 30% deduction whose salary is RM15,000 and above.
”These guidelines are to be followed strictly. Any team found abusing the guidelines will face severe punishment. Do not abuse the guidelines,” said Stuart.