No information of M'sia being hub for match fixing: IGP

PETALING JAYA: Police today refuted claims that Malaysia has overtaken Singapore as the new hub for sports match-fixing in the Southeast Asian region.

Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (pix) said police have not received information on such allegations, either from the Federation of International Association (Fifa), The Asian Football Confederation (AFC), or any other sources.

“The police is a member of the Football Association Malaysia integrity committee, a committee set up to tackle corruption and match-fixing.

“We have taken active measures to maintain integrity in the sport, and we will continue to do so,” he said in a statement today.

Khalid stressed that police would welcome information that shows the sports industry has been tainted, but such information must be credible and supported by tangible proof.

Chris Eaton, an independent advisor on sports integrity, at a forum on match-fixing organised by the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) in Singapore on Monday, said Malaysia has overtaken Singapore as the new match-fixing hub in Southeast Asia.

The GLMS was set up last year by 27 lottery operators to monitor match-fixing around the world.