Sarawak duo questioned by Malaysia’s anti-corruption commission in relation to match-fixing allegations

The Football Association of Sarawak's (FAS) suspicions of foul play following their 3-2 defeat to Felcra in the Malaysia Premier League (MPL) on Saturday appear to have been realised, with two of their players and another individual currently under investigation over allegations of match-fixing.

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Sarawak defender Maswandi Zakaria and midfielder Hafiz Abu Bakar, plus alleged bookmaker Zaiman Rosli, will be interrogated over the next six days by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

The three were detained by the MACC late on Wednesday evening and did not have lawyers present in court the following morning.

The case is being investigated under Section 16(a) of the MACC Act 2009 for soliciting, which carries a prison term of up to seven years or a fine up to RM50,000 upon conviction.

The FAS had launched an internal probe following Saturday's home defeat to Felcra in Kuching, when the Crocs were leading 2-0 with less than 10 minutes to spare before conceding three late goals.

Sawarak team manager Wahab Abdul Rahim led the internal investigation and MACC were also alerted.

Last year, MACC arrested three MISC-MIFA players and later also investigated former Malaysia international Khairul Anuar Baharom in relation to the scourge that continues to blight the sport.