KUALA LUMPUR: Footballers should be given an inducement to encourage them to report approaches by bookies in a bid to win the war against match-fixing in Malaysia.
The suggestion by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) echoes its Ops Gempur campaign to educate and encourage local authorities to report bribe-givers.
Such an approach in football could lead to more convictions against bookies who attempt to influence players, coaches or officials to fix matches.
"Football clubs should consider rewarding players to encourage them to report approaches by bookies," said MACC inspection and consultancy division deputy director S. Karunanithy in a talk on corruption for Malaysian Indian FA (MIFA) players and coaches in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.
"For government staff, there is a reward given to anyone providing information which leads to a bribe-giver being convicted.
"The same thing can be considered for football players to encourage them to come forward with information."
One reason players seem reluctant to come forward is a fear of being physically harmed by bookies, as cited by Kuala Lumpur players involved in a 2013 match-fixing case.
Karunanithy said the ultimate decision lies in the hands of players in whether they are trapped by bookies.
"Bookies will offer all types of inducement but the final decision is in the player's hands. It is up to the player to say no," he said.
Two Sarawak players were remanded for investigation last month before being released from custody over match-fixing allegations.
MIFA also had two players charged with alleged match-fixing last year, an experience the Premier League has learnt from.
"We have a strong relationship with MACC and the police through our integrity committee, which monitor all activities within the team," said MIFA president Datuk T. Mohan.
"So far, no incidents of corruption have come to light this year."