KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia Football League (MFL) have filed a lawsuit against Telekom Malaysia (TM) at the Kuala Lumpur High Court following the alleged breach of contract after the telecommunications giant reportedly failed to make payment for sponsorship and broadcasting rights this year.
On March 15 (Friday), MFL announced that they were officially parting ways with TM after receiving consensus from their board of directors’.
However, TM responded by issuing a media statement stating that they were no longer sponsors of the Malaysia League (M-League) after terminating the contract on November 1 last year, as they also denied that they had failed to meet contractual obligations.
“The sponsorship contract that was signed by us (MFL) and TM was for a duration of eight years starting from January last year until 2025. The terms and conditions were agreed and sealed in January 2018 and in a statement with MFL, formerly known as FMLLP (dated February 1, 2018) titled ‘Unifi unites the Malaysian nation through football’, which was issued as a sign of the agreed sponsorship for the M-League.
“Unfortunately, TM suggested new terms which included changes to the basic terms that had been agreed and signed together. Such changes that TM wanted to include clearly conflicted the previous agreement.
“Due to this, we just could not agree because it was seen as a way for TM to break free from their obligations under the terms that had been agreed upon and signed earlier,” said the media statement from MFL.
MFL are standing by their account of what has transpired between the two parties and said that the Government-Linked Company (GLC) refused to negotiate or find an amicable solution.
The M-League administrators also stressed that they had never agreed to any of the purported changes and revised terms, as TM’s new demands never received any approval.
“Therefore, we have been forced to pursue legal action against TM as a means to protect what is rightfully the rights of the teams’ that are competing in the M-League, as well as to preserve the interest of national football.
“The sum of demands towards TM under the sponsorship contract amounts to more than RM400million and the lawsuit will also be served to TM’s lawyers today (Thursday).
“Since the matter is already being pursued legally, we (MFL) will not be making any additional comments on the matter and will leave it to the courts to deliberate.”