MACC says will examine graft claim against FAM

KUALA LUMPUR, July 19 — The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said today it will investigate claims by the Johor Crown Prince that he possessed evidence of alleged corruption in the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).

The anti-graft body said they hoped Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim would co-operate and hand over any information he has on the allegation.

“With regards to the claim made by the Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim that he has information of the alleged corrupt practices of FAM in a pendrive, we would welcome him to provide information so that the MACC can take further action,” it said in a statement.

“Should there be sufficient basis for action in accordance with the MACC Act 2009, we will act accordingly with the law,” it added.

Yesterday, the Johor prince openly claimed to have a pendrive with 30 years’ worth of information of FAM’s alleged corruption.

He said details of graft, among others, involved FAM’s handling of tickets sales of FA Cup and Malaysia Cup matches.

The Johor prince, who owns the Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) football club, further claimed to have received the information from “high ranking officials” based here.

The expose followed a renewed dispute between him and FAM over the decision of key JDT players to retire early from international football following complaints of a poor national training regime.

Tunku Ismail said his own players, exposed to world-class training facilities with JDT, had complained to him of alleged negligence of players’ welfare on FAM’s side, and that its training programme was subpar and prone to causing injuries.

FAM denied the allegation. – MMO.