— as long as all parties concerned do not cooperate to the fullest to clean up
reared its ugly head again with arrest of three Premier League players, an
alleged bookie hauled up and another linked to fixing matches asked by
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to surrender to help
came after MISC-Mifa coach Jacob Joseph disclosure to a national daily, he
suspected several of his players being “dishonest” in losing a Premier League
match 7-2 at home to UiTM where Mifa conceded all goals with only 15 minutes
to Jacob for the disclosure and MAAC for acting swiftly and making inroads.
FA of Malaysia (FAM), state FAs, coaches, managers and team management
officials, cannot just rely on MACC or the Police.
owners and governors of the teams and game, they have to make the first move to
eradicate the menace instead of sweeping it under the carpet, pleading they
have no evidence, turning a blind or even being in denial mode.
is refreshing Selangor and Perak FAs have taken the initiative to have MACC
conduct anti-corruption seminars for players and officials and even have
officers from MACC and Police sit in their monitoring committee.
if only more coaches like Jacob raise the alarm each time they suspect
something amiss, it will not only keep players in check, but assist
has plagued Malaysia even way before the 1994 episode when an investigation saw
21 players and coaches sacked, 58 players suspended and 126 players questioned
● Negri Sembilan FA lodged a
police report over alleged match-fixing activities involving their President’s
Cup players in 2011.
● There were talks of eight
Kedah President’s Cup players caught with RM90,000 the same year. They were
apparently sacked by Kedah FA.
● Nine Perlis Premier League
players admitted having contact with a bookmaker who offered them up to
RM100,000 each before they lost 7-2 against MP Muar in 2012.
● A Singaporean bookie was
charged with fixing President’s Cup matches.
● Former T-Team President’s Cup
goalkeeper coach was also charged for a similar offence in Kuala Terengganu.
● In 2009, FAM were stung by
match-fixing bug by playing two friendlies against a fake Zimbabwe national
team. Malaysia won both friendlies against what turned out to be a club side
instead of the national team, with Fifa later revoking the status of the games.
● Other recent cases involve the
Negri Sembilan President’s Cup team players ad coach and Kuala Lumpur Premier
League team players.
● We have even had referees
is a clear indication match-fixing is very much in existence and even more
alarming at youth level.
the questions to be asked: are FAM and the integrity committee doing enough?
issue licences to local and foreign players, coaches and team officials each
year and one wonders if proper vetting is done?
need to be asked how players who have been on FAM or MACC radar for alleged
fixing have been issued with licenses.
about the one-season cooling period for foreign players who have played in an
Asean country before he can play in Malaysia. Has this been strictly observed?
and team management must also stop hiring players who come as “package” of
three or four players.
senior coach revealed these players were suspects of match-fixing.
like those below cannot hold water anymore:
● “Corruption in football is a
criminal offence and is under the jurisdiction of the police and MACC.”
● “FAM can only punish the
offenders after the court has sentenced them.”
will have to closely look at betting and get the “real fixers” because only
eradicating the “runners” is not going to make much impact. New ones are
recruited and “business” will go on as usual.
will also have to keep tab on former players who have been implicated as many
still may have links to syndicates and could be “runners” as they have easy access
president Tunku Ismail Ibrahim has to give his personal attention to the
“cancer” to ensure it is removed completely.
Sri Aseh Che Mat, who was appointed FAM’s integrity committee chairman last
Saturday, has his plate full and needs to act fast and furiously to make a
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