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Any malpractice in football programme will be reported to MACC - Syed Saddiq

Bernama  |  Published:  |  Modified:

The Youth and Sports Ministry will report to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) if the audit finds any element of corruption and malpractice in the implementation of the National Football Development Programme (NFDP).

Its minister, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said he would assess himself the implementation of the programme before reporting to the MACC, after it is believed that a leakage occurred involving the contractor appointed directly involving a cost of RM85 million to develop the Akademi Mokhtar Dahari (AMD) in Gambang, Pahang.

"I am rather serious in this matter because when I met with (NFDP director) Lim Teong Kim, the coaching line-up and now here, everyone say the same thing. When we are busy discussing major issues, basic things such as inadequate balls also cropped up.

"AMD should be the centre of excellence which should be on par with the Bayern Munich Academy, Japan and South Korea, but because of these things, there cropped up many weaknesses,”he told reporters after the NFDP Townhall session at the National Sports Council, here tonight.

Earlier, Syed Saddiq discussed and accepted the views and suggestions on the implementation of the football programme with about 300 people here.

He said although the contractor at AMD had been paid RM85 million since 2014, yet the facilities provided were not commensurate with the value of money paid and pointed out that the problems at the NFDP were bigger compared to the salary received by Teong Kim amounting to RM175,000 per month without tax.

- Bernama

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