Has the Singapore government interfered in the electoral process for the FAS elections?

by Kannan Raj

Over the last month, Singapore’s government agency Sport Singapore has held meetings with the Ad Hoc Electoral Committee for the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) elections on two occasions.

This has now been reported in the mainstream media in both the Straits Times and The New Paper (TNP).

The latest story published on 22 April in TNP states that barely 24 hours “after it was raided by authorities”, there was a “high level meeting” at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

K Bala Chandran, the chairman of the Ad Hoc committee met with the Chief Executive Officer of Sport Singapore Lim Teck Yin.

The purpose of the meeting was for Sport Singapore to present findings which led to the police report which it filed against Tiong Bahru FC.

Isn’t this blatant interference by the Singapore government in the election process of the FAS?

It was only a day ago immediately after the raids that the ad hoc committee had stated that the elections which is scheduled for 29 April will go ahead.

Interestingly, Article 2 of the Electoral Code states that the FAS is obliged to inform FIFA of any government interference in the election process.

In 2015, FIFA banned Indonesia after a long standing row between the government and the local soccer association (PSSI) over which teams should be entered into the top-flight domestic league.

TOC has written to FIFA for a response.