Fixing Malaysia’s sports corruption image

Assertions that Malaysia is now Southeast Asia’s epicenter for match fixing didn’t go down well with the country’s authorities. But just how accurate are these claims and why do so many fixes emanate from this part of the continent?      It was during a forum on match fixing in Singapore that sports integrity consultant Chris Eaton ruffled a few feathers by suggesting Malaysia had supplanted Singapore as the fixing hub in Southeast Asia following a crackdown in the city-state. “Malaysia is the epicenter of trade for Southeast Asia,” the former FIFA security chief remarked, as well as saying that he would be very surprised if match fixers have not moved from Singapore to Malaysia and other neighboring countries. The comments sparked regional and global media coverage and forced the Malaysian football authorities to hit back with calls for him to back up his claims with hard evidence. Despite a vexed...

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