TM refutes allegations of failing to meet MFL sponsorship obligations

Telekom Malaysia (TM) has defended itself against allegations that it has failed to meet its obligations to the Malaysian Football League (MFL) as a sponsor of Liga Malaysia.

In a press statement, TM clarified that both parties were unable to "mutually agree on several fundamental commercial terms" necessary for the intended collaboration. The telco added that this came despite having several deadline extensions to sign a definitive agreement. As such, TM notified MFL in writing on 1 November last year about the termination of the partnership. Despite this, TM still reaffirmed its support for national sports and its athletes.

Recently, MFL chief DYAM chairman Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim said he is “disappointed” with TM’s actions and that it has “always been a good partner” to TM. He added that MFL is holding official talks with interested parties on becoming a new sponsor immediately.

Last January, TM and MFL signed an eight-year contract with unifi as the title sponsor for Liga Super, Piala Malaysia and co-sponsor for Piala FA until 2025. The contract marked TM’s continued support towards local football development and uplifting the standards of sports in the country.

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