Malaysia is in plans to host the FIFA World Cup in 2034 together with their South-East Asian neighbors. And the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) is ready to take the leading role in the bidding process.
FAM secretary-general Stuart Ramalingam welcomed the proposal by the ASEAN governments in beginning a joint bid to host the World Cup during the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok on Sunday. During the summit, Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed stated that Malaysia greeted and accepted the idea of hosting the World Cup for the first time in the region.
He stated that the five ASEAN nations – Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam – had broaches the idea and he agreed that it would be better to have more countries, instead of one, to host one of the biggest sports events in the world.
Stuart is happy with the government’s backing but acknowledged that studies must be carried out first. Stuart stated that it’s great to see governments getting excited. However, everyone has to comprehend that the bidding attempt and the hosting job would take massive endeavor.
FAM is willing to work with pertinent parties to carry out affordability and feasibility studies before going ahead with the bidding process. The World Cup committee does not decide on the host job any more, but rather it’s the FIFA member associations who decide the hosting rights.
Meanwhile, the Asean Football Federation (AFF) president Khiev Sameth from Cambodia stated that the federation accepted the announcement made by political leaders in the region. He stated that a FIFA World Cup hosted by ASEAN would produce economic and sporting profits for this region, and would also boost the bond among the 640 million people. He further stated that the bid should have 100% government backing before submitting a good case through AFC.