The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) urged anyone with evidence about match-fixing in the M-League to submit details to the police or the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
FAM secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin when commenting on claims by Chris Eaton, an independent industry consultant and FIFA’s former security chief, that Malaysia had overtaken Singapore as the hub for sports match-fixing in Southeast Asia following a crackdown in the city-state.
“Malaysia is the epicentre of trade for Southeast Asia,” Eaton was quoted by international news agency, AFP, as having said at an international conference on match-fixing organised by the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) in Singapore.
He was quoted as having said Singapore had managed to break up some football match-fixing syndicates but some remained working in “close association” with syndicates in Malaysia.
Hamidin said Eaton should be more professional in his approach by submitting proof to the responsible authorities for action.
He said the FAM had already set up an Integrity Committee to monitor matches in the M-League and to curb match-fixing through FIFA’s EWS (Early Warning System).
“FAM always viewed such issues like match-fixing seriously and worked closely with FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). We are also working closely with the responsible authorities to channel credible information to carry out investigations.”