Football match-fixing: Scrap metal shop assistant remanded

football-bookiePUTRAJAYA: A scrap metal shop assistant suspected of being a “bookie” was remanded for six days today to facilitate investigations into alleged match-fixing in the Malaysian Premier League.

The remand order, applied by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), was issued by magistrate Nik Isfahanie Tasnim Wan Ab Rahman here

The man, aged 49, who was detained about 5.30pm yesterday, is believed to have offered thousands of ringgit to MISC-MIFA Club players to “fix” matches.

Yesterday, three players from the Malaysian Indian Football Association (MIFA) were remanded for seven days for allegedly accepting bribes from a bookie.

According to an MACC source, investigations revealed the suspects allegedly received between RM10,000 and RM30,000 in the alleged deals.

Meanwhile, in another case, a quantity surveyor was also remanded for six days in connection with false claims involving the supply of geotube to the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) for the Sungai Melaka beautification project.

The suspect, aged 48, who was detained at his house in Johor Bahru on Wednesday, is a former employee of a “Tan Sri” businessman who was remanded yesterday.

The Tan Sri and his son, three DID officers and a retired staff of the department were remanded for six days to assist in the investigation of the false claims involving RM13 million.

Earlier, another businessman, who was remanded for eight days to facilitate investigations into an attempt to bribe Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar of Johor with RM2 million to secure a “Tan Sri” title, was released today.

The man, aged 54, was freed on RM50,000 bail in one surety. He surrendered to the MACC on March 30, a few hours after being ordered to do so by MACC deputy commissioner (Operations) Azam Baki.