Mifa bribery scandal: MACC gets remand extension for suspected bookie

HASHINI KAVISHTRI KANNAN


PUTRAJAYA: The remand order for a scrap metal worker, believed to be the bookie for the three Malaysian Premier League footballers, has been extended to five more days.


The extension order, which takes effect tomorrow, was issued by magistrate Nik Isfahanie Tasnim Wan Ab Rahman, following a request by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today.


The order expires on April 17.


The 49-year-old bookie was believed to have offered cash, worth thousands of ringgit, to the three Malaysian Indian Sports Council-Malaysian Indian Football Association (MISC- MIFA) players to fix the matches.


The three players, however, were released on MACC bail of RM50,000 for each.


One of the players is a 29-year-old Argentinian defender. The other two - a goalkeeper and a defender - are locals, aged 26 and 27.


All four arrived at the Putrajaya Magistrate’s Court here at 9.20am, clad in orange MACC lock-up t-shirt.


They are being investigated under Section 16(a)(A) of the MACC Act.


The three players were arrested and remanded for seven days since April 6, while the bookie was arrested and remanded for six days since April 7.


MACC’s initial investigation revealed the players received bribes of between RM10,000 and RM30,000 from bookies to influence the outcome of matches during this season's Premier League campaign.