Corruption in sports under control, says MACC

azam-baki-sprmKUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has reined in corruption among athletes, sports associations as well as government officers.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Azam Baki said although the issue was not serious, corruption in sports was more prevalent among public agency officers who abused their power when managing sports organisations.

“There is corruption in sports but not at a serious level. Based on existing data and facts, I see the problem of corruption in sports as more about the abuse of power by public agency officers in procurement cases.

“In the past five years, most of the investigations carried out were on the purchase of equipment or supply of services,” he said when speaking at a campaign to combat corruption in sports organised by the Sports Commissioner’s Office (PPS) at the National Sports Institute in Bukit Jalil here today.

He said leaders of sports bodies should know their responsibility to ensure athletes gave excellent performance and not abuse their power by taking advantage of the weaknesses in their respective sports bodies.

At the ceremony, Azam represented the MACC while the Olympic Council of Malaysia honorary secretary Low Beng Choo signed the Corruption Free Pledge (IBR), witnessed by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

Khairy, in his speech, said PPS had taken early preventive measures to ensure misconduct or corruption did not occur by monitoring the governance of sports organisations.

“Nonetheless, all our best efforts will not become reality without strong governance among our sports bodies.

“For excellence in sports, it is important that the management of sports organisations be on the right track.”