FAS councilor sends toxic WhatsApp messages to Balestier Khalsa players and staff

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A Singapore Football Association (FAS) councilor, who is also vice-chairman of Singapore Premier League club Balestier Khalsa, has been outed by local independent outlets TMSG and Singapore wake up (WUSG) for sending abusive and toxic WhatsApp messages to players and technical team at Toa Payoh-based club.

One of the messages used vulgarity from Mohammad Darwin Jalil, who has been a member of the FAS Council since 2017, where he was elected along with FAS President Lim Kia Tong and Edwin Tong, then Vice President.

PHOTO: Straits Times

In the message he said: “Please have some respect for me. I’m not a bloody maid.”

Tong has since resigned following the 2020 general election and after being appointed Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Deputy Minister for Justice.

More evidence of WhatsApp messages sent by Mohammad Darwin to the players and technical team has been released.

The story first came to light and was made public on September 1 while investigating the reasons for the sudden departure of former Balestier coach Akbar Nawas.

Akbar, who was signed by the club on a two-year deal in late 2021, only left the club after less than a year in charge.

He signed a contract and joined a Thai Division 2 team – Udon Thani FC, which is rooted at the bottom of the Thai Division 2 league.

The source-based story on TMSG also included a photo of Akbar transporting training kit in the back of his car to the St Wilfrid site along the Upper Serangoon as the professional football club did not have a full-time kit manager.

PHOTO: TMSG

The photo has since been shared and is making the rounds on social media as it is symbolic of the poor state of professional football in Singapore.

In his first comments after the disclosure, Mohammad Darwin wrote on his Facebook that the disclosures are “junk news” despite the evidence available.

Reactions to the story online ranged from disgust with Mohammad Darwin to sympathy for Akbar.

The FAS has not yet responded to the revelations.

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