KUCHING: The FA of Sarawak (FAS) have denied that the alleged match-fixing issue that surfaced recently is being covered up to hide the management weaknesses of the state football association.
FAS president, Datuk Posa Majais said that such accusations are baseless because the report lodged with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is based on information received by the state football association.
He explained that FAS move to report the alleged match-fixing activity to the relevant authorities was not intended to hurt or malign any player, because there were no names mentioned.
"As president, I am responsible in ensuring that football in the state is not only developed but also to ensure that footballing matches and activities are clean and free of any negative or detrimental influences.
"FAS holds true to the principle of ‘zero tolerance’ towards bribery issues and will not allow such problems or issues to fester or rear its ugly head in Sarawak’s football arena,” he said via a media statement released earlier today.
He stressed that FAS will only investigate the claim based on the information that has been received and if the information is found to be true, then the association will not hesitate to take the necessary action.
He also stressed that as FAS president, his actions and conduct all this while was to ensure that Sarawak football is clean and he is also not afraid or intimidated if he has to fight such a problem on his own, though he reiterated that his actions are not to gain popularity in any way.
"I am just carrying out my duties and responsibilities as FAS president and there is really nothing much I can do if there are those who are unhappy or dissatisfied with my actions up till now. Though to try to force me to apologise is difficult.
"I do not have any personal agenda behind my actions, because Sarawak football will end up being the victim, on the losing end if I were to take the easy way out and just forget about it. In fact I will be meeting with the two players who have been implicated as soon as possible to get to the bottom of things,” he said.
Before this, the Sarawak football arena was shocked by news that two players along with another individual suspected of being a ‘bookie’ were hauled up by MACC for suspected involvement in match-fixing activities, namely for the match against Felcra United which Sarawak lost 3-2 last month.
The players, aged 28 and 29 respectively, were remanded for six days to facilitate investigations, before being released by the Kuching Magistrate Court of match-fixing charges.