Widely regarded as one of the best forwards in South East Asia, Alam Shah was a member of the Singapore national football team when it won the ASEAN Football Championship (formerly known as the 'Tiger Cup') in 2005 and 2007. At the 2007 competition, he was the top individal scorer and was named the 'Most Valuable Player' of the tournament. At club level, he was a member of the Tampines Rovers team which won Singapore's S.League in 2004 and 2005.
Alam Shah is also well known for his volatile temper, which has gotten him into trouble on a number of occasions. An incident of violent conduct when he knocked another player unconscious while playing for Tampines Rovers in the 2007 Singapore Cup final led to Alam Shah being given a 12-month ban from playing club-level football. The ban was later reduced to 7 months on appeal.
In a 2007 ASEAN Football Championship group stage match between Singapore and Laos, Alam Shah scored 7 goals in an 11-0 win for Singapore. This was not only a record win for the Singapore national team, but also a record number of goals scored by an individual player in an 'A' international game for Singapore. Singapore went on to win the championship, and Alam Shah received the 'Most Valuable Player' award for his impressive displays in the tournament. Alam Shah is also well remembered by Singapore fans for scoring a dramatic late equaliser against Kuwait in a World Cup qualifier in 2001, and for scoring in a 2-0 victory over Iraq during the Asian Cup qualifiers in 2006.
After stints with Sembawang Rangers and the Singapore Armed Forces Football Club (SAFFC), Alam Shah joined Tampines Rovers in 2003. He helped the Stags win the S.League title in 2004 and 2005. In 2007, he scored a late goal against Liaoning Guangyuan to become the first player to score 100 goals for the club. The tally came from 88 goals in the league and 12 goals in the domestic cup competitions.
Bullish and enthusiastic, Alam Shah's playing style is characterised by physical strength, pace, ability in the air, and opportunistic finishing. With his swashbuckling style and never-say-die commitment upfront, he is a firm favourite with fans, despite his volatile temper that has gotten the better of him numerous times.
Alam Shah attributes his temper to an unhappy childhood. In a 2006 interview with The New Paper, he revealed that he was involved in gangs in his youth.
Alam Shah's nickname of "Along" means "Big Brother" in Malay – a reference to his astute leadership.
In the 2007 Singapore Cup final between Tampines Rovers and SAFFC, Alam Shah was sent off in the final minutes of the games after an incident involving his fellow Singapore national team player Daniel Bennett. Alam Shah kneed Bennett in the head during a tussle for the ball and, after being dragged away by his team-mates, he returned and kicked Bennett in the head. Bennett was knocked unconscious and had to be taken to hospital. Tampines lost the match 4-3.
As a result of the incident, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) Disciplinary Committee, banned Alam Shah from playing in all FAS-sanctioned domestic matches and tournaments for 12 months and fined him S$2,000.
At first it was thought that the ban would not prevent Alam Shah from playing at club-level outside Singapore, and he made arrangements to join the Malaysian team PDRM FA. However in January 2008, the Football Association of Malaysia confirmed that under FIFA rules, member associations are required to respect domestic bans imposed by other associations, and therefore Alam Shah would not be eligible to play club-level football in Malaysia until his ban was completed.
On the 29 April 2008, verdict of Alam Shah's appeal was read, and his ban was reduced from 12 months to 7 months by the Football Association of Singapore's Disciplinary Committee. Although his was ban was almost halved, he still missed out on the remaining 3 games of Singapore's World Cup 2010 qualifing campaign. Alam Shah joined PDRM FA of the Malaysia Super League upon the completion of his ban in June 2008.
Fourth place in the International Federation of Football History & Statistics IFFHS, World’s Top Goal Scorer of 2007 rankings.
Alam Shah is married and is the father of 5 children.