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Malaysian clubs that folded and never returned

In Malaysia, there have been many clubs which achieved success, only to suddenly fold. FourFourTwo takes a walk down memory lane and documents the rise and fall of such clubs.

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In today’s modern game where cash is king, football has transformed into a business. Several teams have come and gone over the years due to budget constraints and factors in relation to corruption and match-fixing since the Malaysia Super League (MSL) and the Malaysia Premier League (MPL) were introduced in 2004.

Here is the rundown of some clubs that have folded over the years.

NS Betaria

The Tampin-based club came into the spotlight when they were promoted to the 2012 MPL after they won the FAM Cup in the previous season.

But Betaria soon earned the reputation as a ‘bookie team’ following several questionable results in the MPL in the next two seasons.

Their youth team even created a stir by reaching the final of the 2012 President’s Cup, where they lost to Perak.

Realising of Betaria’s unhealthy activities, the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) banned all clubs from the President’s Cup in 2013.

Betaria’s senior team finished last in the 2013 MPL and later decided to withdraw from the following season’s FAM Cup.

It was understood that FAM told them to withdraw or face the risk of being charged for match-fixing.

Muar Municipal Council (MP Muar), Johor Bahru City Council (MBJB FC), and Johor FC

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JDT became the new face of Johor football. Photo: LionsXII

MP Muar made their debut in the MPL in 2010 and their best finish was fifth in the following season. As for MPJB, the club earned their MPL spot after finishing runners-up in the FAM League in 2011. However, they fared badly, finishing last in the MPL in the following season.

Johor FC were third in the MSL in the 2005-06 and 2007-08 seasons and were two-time semi-finalists in the Malaysia Cup.

However, after the completion of the 2012 season, all clubs from the Southern state, except for Johor FC and Johor, withdrew as part of the Football Association of Johor’s restructuring plan.

Johor FC became Johor Darul Ta’zim while Johor were renamed as Johor Darul Ta’zim II.

Johor Darul Ta’zim owner Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, however, disclosed in September that he had closed down several Johor-based clubs in the past due to match-fixing allegations.

"I caught MP Muar, which was owned by NS Betaria, for match-fixing. So did MBJB FC and Johor FC. I have a list of names of those involved in these match-fixing schemes,” said Tunku Ismail in a statement in September.

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