KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 – Despite his “run-ins” with his critics, the Football Association of Sarawak (FAS) president Datuk Posa Majais has given Sarawak football a shot in the arm after he was voted in as one of the vice-presidents of the FA of Malaysia (FAM).
The businessman from the land of the hornbills garnered 30 votes. Others elected as vice-presidents into the national football body were Datuk Seri Rosmadi Ismail (36 votes), Mohd Joehari Ayub (35), and. Firdaus Mohamed (32).
Incumbent president, Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin was returned unopposed for the second term (2021-2025)) at the 57th FAM Congress on Saturday.
Datuk S. Sivasundram was elected one of the two deputy presidents. He was unopposed following incumbent Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal’s decision not to contest for another term. Datuk Yusoff Mahadi is the other deputy president.
Posa’s election is timely as Sarawak football is undergoing a massive change at all levels. Former national coach B. Satiananthan is the new FAS technical director while E. Elavarasan (pic left) is the head coach of Sarawak United which is plying its trade in the second-tier Premier League. Elavarasan is into his second season with the team.
Sarawak United is unbeaten after two matches into the season – defeating Kelantan United 2-0 in the opener followed by a 3-0 win over Perak II.
With Posa in the FAM setup, you can expect Sarawak football to be heard loud and clear in the national body. He will be the voice of Sarawak football. Joehari Ayub hails from Sabah and the two can ensure that the game in the East Malaysian states is not left behind.
With Satiananthan at the helm, football is set to hit the “right chords” in the interiors of Sarawak. In Satiananthan’s own words “there is plenty of football talent” waiting to be molded into future stars of Malaysian football.
Satiananthan has vowed not only to develop football at the grassroots but is also determined to develop coaches who will be well-armed with the latest football know-how as a coach.
The plus factor for FAS is that the state government has embarked to build proper facilities so that tournaments can be held in all corners of the state – something that warms the heart of Satiananthan.
Posa will be the voice of Sarawak football.

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