PETALING JAYA, Apr 21 – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) says it has received a list of names from the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) of individuals involved in the sport who need to be “closely monitored”.
The list which includes the names and personal details of national football players, referees, team officials, and FAM staff washanded over by FAM president and Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim during a visit from top-ranking MACC officials on Thursday night.
“During the visit, His Royal Highness instructed the MACC to help ensure that the country’s football remains clean and free from any influence of corruption and abuse of power.
“The MACC appreciates the full support and continued commitment of His Royal Highness in combating and eliminating corruption and abuse of power in the country in general, and in the arena of sports development of national football in particular,” the anti-graft body said in a statement on Friday.
MACC also expressed confidence that FAM could bring back the glory days of the development of national football under the leadership of Tunku Ismail.
The Johor Crown Prince was elected FAM president at its 53rd congress on March 25.
The visit from 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.