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(File pix) The BA of Malaysia (BAM) will work closely with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to eradicate match-fixing in the sport.

KUALA LUMPUR: The BA of Malaysia (BAM) will work closely with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to eradicate match-fixing in the sport.

The national shuttlers should now think twice when they are approached by bookies as both BAM and MACC will be monitoring them regularly.

BAM’s rules and disciplinary committee chairman Datuk Seri Jahaberdeen Mohamed Yunos said the national body will meet with MACC next month to discuss on strategies to fight match-fixing in badminton.

"We are in the process of identifying the steps required to deal with this (match fixing). The committee will meet again next month to discuss this further,” said Jahaberdeen.

"This is a complex issue because it involves a third party. We will meet MACC to get ideas and also to work together.

"Match-fixing is destructive and against the spirit of sportsmanship.

“Hopefully, in April, we will be able to disclose our strategies.”

Jahaberdeen was instructed by BAM president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria to come up with a formula to eradicate match-fixing on Wednesday.

Two independent players are being investigated for match-fixing. They are now provisionally suspended and their case will be deliberated in a Badminton World Federation hearing in Singapore on Feb 26-27.

Jahaberdeen confirmed that BAM will send Jadadish Chandra as an observer at the hearing.

"He (Jadadish) is also a rules and disciplinary committee member and he will represent BAM (in Singapore). This is also to get a clearer picture of this case,” he added.

It is learnt that one of the two players investigated for match-fixing was a top shuttler in his junior days.

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