PUTRAJAYA – Former national footballer Khairul Anuar Baharum chose the wrong time to turn himself in to be questioned by the anti-graft body over alleged match-fixing activities.
Reporters who had gathered at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters here ahead of a press conference by an Opposition MP spotted Khairul Anuar, also known as “Ah Chong”, in the vicinity.
Startled with their presence, the 43-year-old seemed hesitant but after a few minutes, walked straight into the MACC building without speaking to the press. He was accompanied by his lawyer.
The footballer, who previously played for Selangor and Negri Sembilan, was being sought by the MACC to help in the probe over Premier League matches involving the Malaysian Indian Sports Council-Malaysia Indian Football Association (MISC-MIFA).
He was detained by MACC officers at 12.30pm yesterday and will be produced at the magistrate’s court here today to be remanded.
MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki confirmed the arrest, adding that investigations would focus on the suspect’s involvement in match-fixing.
Last week, a 49-year-old bookie was remanded. This came following the arrest of three players – a foreigner, aged 29, and two locals, aged 26 and 27 – from the MIFA Premier League Squad.
Initial investigations showed that the players had received bribes of between RM10,000 and RM30,000 from bookies to influence match outcomes over the past few years.
All three were said to have received hundreds of thousands of ringgit from syndicates.
They are being investigated under Section 16(a)(A) of the MACC Act 2009, which carries a fine of five times the amount of the bribes involved, or a jail term of up to 20 years. – The Star Online