KUCHING: Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah has expressed disappointment over an alleged match fixing involving two Sarawak FA’s Premier League team players.
Speaking to reporters here recently, Abdul Karim said any unethical practice in sports such as match fixing will not be tolerated and hoped the full force of the law will be meted if they are found guilty.
“Everybody is innocent until proven guilty. We let the MACC (Malaysian Anti- Corruption Commission) investigate first, but then we will not tolerate any unethical practice like this match fixing and all that.
“If they actually did it, I hope the full force of the law will be against them and they will be barred for life,” he told reporters when met at the Chinese New Year open house hosted by Sarawak United People’s Party on Friday.
Two state football players are being remanded for six days to facilitate probe into alleged match-fixing in a match between Sarawak and Felcra United FC on Feb 10. Also remanded was a man believed to be a ‘bookie’.
The 28 and 30-year-old football players and the ‘bookie’ were detained last Wednesday by the MACC between 7.15pm and 7.55pm.
The remand application was granted by Magistrate Portia Tham Ong Leng until Feb 21.
The case is being investigated under Section 16(a) of the MACC Act for soliciting, which provides for an imprisonment term up to seven years or a fine of up to RM50,000 upon conviction.
The players are being placed in MACC custody during the remand order while the ‘bookie’ is in police custody, for further investigation. -TheBorneoPost