JOHOR BARU: The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) has handed over a list containing more than 1,000 names to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
The anti-graft body will “closely monitor” those on the list.
They include footballers, FAM officials and staff members, referees and officials of affiliated bodies.
FAM president Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim said the association would cooperate and work closely with the MACC to clean up Malaysian football.
“We will open our doors to the MACC to stamp out malpractices among officials and footballers.
“Match-fixing activities are still active and rampant in our country. So it will be our priority to kick out corruption,” he said, adding that MACC officials would be placed in the FAM’s integrity committee.
The Johor Crown Prince said MACC officers would also be placed at all football venues, including training grounds, stadiums and FAM offices where they would be given space to carry out their duties.
“I want the MACC to keep a close watch on all football associations and main matches including the FAM League and Bola Sepak Rakyat matches,” he said at a press conference after meeting with affiliated bodies at a hotel here yesterday.
On Thursday, Tunku Ismail handed over the list after meeting with top-ranking MACC officials at his official residence in Istana Bukit Pelangi.
In a statement, the MACC said Tunku Ismail instructed the commission to ensure that football in the country remains clean and free from any corruption or abuse of power.
The MACC delegation was led by chief commissioner Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad, deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki and Johor MACC director Datuk Azmi Alias. Also present was FAM secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin.
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