Malaysia

FAM to form police-led anti-corruption unit in all states, says deputy minister

Members of Malaysia's football team pose for the media after playing their qualifying match for the 2012 London Olympic Games against Pakistan, in Lahore March 9, 2011. — Reuters pic Members of Malaysia's football team pose for the media after playing their qualifying match for the 2012 London Olympic Games against Pakistan, in Lahore March 9, 2011. — Reuters pic

Deputy minister Datuk Razali Ibrahim told the Dewan Rakyat that the “monitoring committees”, to be appointed in all 14 states nationwide, is part of the government’s efforts to weed out corruption from the sports industry.

“The ministry’s stand on corruption is clear. We are opposed to it and we will not tolerate any party attempting to destroy the future of the country’s sports industry,” he said during Question Time.

Razali cited the recent suspension of 11 players and a former coach from the Negeri Sembilan under-23 President’s Cup Squad, who were found guilty of match fixing.

According to Bernama Online last month, the FAM’s disciplinary committee had found elements of corruption and match-fixing in last season’s President’s Cup match.

Four players, namely Mohd Yatim Abdullah, D. Adrian, Norhairi Abdul Rahman and Muhammad Zulfadhlie Mohamad A’ashari were suspended for one year.

Players Muhammad Zaidi Othman, Hamirul Fahamie Abu Yazid, Anwarul Hafiz Ahmad, Muhammad Haikal Mohamad Nazri, Suhairy Johari, Muhammad Rizqi Azman and Mohd Hafiz Mohd Nor were suspended for five years.

Former Negeri Sembilan President’s Cup chief coach Yusarman Yusof was given a life-time suspension.

“The FAM has also formed a vetting, monitoring and integrity committee chaired by Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat and comprising representatives from the Royal Malaysian Police and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission as part of efforts to stop corruption.

“This committee has been active in carrying out activities to eradicate corruption activities and match fixing nationwide, using the 3E approach — education, engagement and enforcement,” Razali told the House.

Among others, he explained that the panel would soon form the special state-level committees, to be led by members in D7.

“Additionally, through the National Football Development Programme committee, an education and information campaign will soon be launched.

“It will involve under-12 football players through the MyKids Soccer programme,” he said.

Razali was responding to a question from Datuk Dr Marcus Mojigoh (BN-Putatan) who had asked the ministry for its plans on how to address the rise in corruption in the country’s sports industry.

 

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