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KUALA LUMPUR, 6 April 2017:
Three players from the Malaysian Indian Football Association (MIFA) have been detained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on suspicion of receiving bribes for match fixing in the Malaysia Premier League.
An MACC source said the trio aged between 26 and 27 were suspected to have received between RM10,000 and RM30,000 from bookies and were arrested when they turned up to give their statements at the MACC office in Putrajaya, yesterday.
“An investigation found, they had been involved in the activity for several years. They are believed to have made hundreds of thousands of ringgit in bribes.”
The source said more individuals would be detained soon to help in the investigation.
MACC deputy chief commissioner (Operations) Datuk Azam Baki confirmed the arrests.
Separately, a businessman with the honorific title ‘Tan Sri’ has been detained by MACC for alleged involvement in bribery involving a Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) project.
Azam said the 60-year-old suspect was picked up at his home in Johor yesterday.
He said the MACC also nabbed three DID officers and a former DID staff to assist in the probe.
Azam said the three civil servants were detained at the DID headquarters in Putrajaya while the former staff was picked up at his home in Seremban.
It is learnt the four men comprised special projects division former director, engineer, site engineer and assistant engineer.
Azam said more individuals might be detained in the near future.
A source close to the investigation said the four suspects with links to DID were suspected of abetting the ‘Tan Sri’, who owned a company appointed by the department to supply geotube equipment.
The project involved river restoration works using mining methods.
“The suspects have issued invoice(s) amounting to almost RM13 million to supply 358 geotube units when only 89 units were delivered, worth about RM4 million.
“Subsequently, the government lost almost RM9 million due to alleged abuse of positions for their own gain,” said the source.