Mifa match-fixing scandal: MACC to submit investigation papers soon

Ahmad Fairuz Othman

JOHOR BARU: Investigation papers on the Malaysian Indian Sports Council-Malaysian Indian Football Association (MISC-MIFA) graft case are expected to be submitted to the Deputy Public Prosecutor next week for consideration of any charge.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki said they are working to wrap up investigations soon.

"(Our) officers will complete the investigation papers as soon as they can. I hope we can wrap up the (probe) quickly, and a decision (on the case) can be ready in a week or two weeks' time," said Azam following a meeting with MACC investigation director, Datuk Simi Abdul Ghani and Johor MACC director, Datuk Azmi Alias at the Puteri Pacific Hotel here today.

The arrests of four MISC-MIFA football players and a bookie for alleged match-fixing, following an investigation by the MACC, rocked the M-League early this month.

The New Straits Times' front page report today quotes several coaches who allege that the M-League is controlled by match-fixing syndicates, and that the association is in a deplorable state.

The coaches also claimed that young footballers who have been identified as future stars are also being targeted by bookies.