MACC receives list of footballers, referees, requiring close surveillance

Ahmad Fairuz Othman

JOHOR BARU: The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) yesterday submitted a list of national footballers, referees, team officers and FAM staff to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) who require close monitoring for potential corrupt practices.

A statement from the MACC today said that the list of names was submitted when FAM president Tunku Mahkota Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, granted an audience with the MACC's top management last night.

It said that the meeting included MACC chief commissioner Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad, deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datul Azam Baki and Johor MACC director Datuk Azmi Alias.

FAM secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin was also present.

It is learnt that Tunku Ismail decreed that the MACC must help in ensuring that the national football arena is clean and free of any influence from corruption and abuse of power.

"The MACC upholds the Tunku Mahkota Johor's decree and will support and give its full commitment to ensuring that the country's football players, match referees and sport's officers are free of the crime of graft and abuse of power.

"During the meeting, the MACC received a list of names and personal details of national footballers, referees of matches, and team officers, including staff from the FAM, who were recommended for close monitoring by the MACC.

"The MACC fully supports the continuous commitment of His Highness the Tunku Mahkota Johor to the MACC in the fight against the crime of corruption and abuse of power in the country, generally, and in the country's football development, specifically," said the statement, issued today.

The MACC, it said, is confident of Tunku Ismail's leadership of the FAM, which will surely bring change and glory to the development of the country's football.