TMJ hands MACC names of FAM officials, players for ‘monitoring’

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PETALING JAYA: Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim is coming down hard on graft in the sport.

The Johor crown prince, popularly known as TMJ, presented a list of names and details of football players and FAM officials to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for “monitoring” purposes last night.

In a statement today, the anti-graft body said the list was given following a meeting last night between top MACC officers and Tunku Ismail.

“In the meeting last night, His Royal Highness the Tunku Mahkota of Johor ordered MACC to help ensure the national football arena is ‘clean’ and free from graft and abuse of power.

“We will abide by His Royal Highness’ order and will accord our utmost support and commitment to ensure the national football is free of these unsightly elements at all levels,” MACC said in the statement.

MACC officers present at the meeting included chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad, deputy commissioner (operations) Azam Baki and its Johor director Azmi Alias.

FAM secretary-general Hamidin Mohd Amin accompanied Tunku Ismail, who took the helm of the FAM just last month.

On April 7, MACC remanded a scrap metal shop assistant, suspected of being a “bookie”, for six days to facilitate investigations into alleged match-fixing in the Malaysian Premier League.

The 49-year-old is believed to have offered thousands of ringgit to MISC-Mifa Club players to “fix” matches.

A day earlier, three players from the Malaysian Indian Football Association (Mifa) had been remanded for seven days for allegedly accepting bribes from a bookie.

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