Malay Mail today ran a story...
Ex-athlete under probe
MACC calls upon 1970s track star in BAM investigations
Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 12:08:00
KUALA LUMPUR: A former national athlete is said to have come under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's (MACC) scrutiny in their on-going investigations into the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).
The athlete, who was in her prime during the 1970s, was called upon to help the commission's investigation into an alleged sponsorship deal that turned sour before the Thomas and Uber Cups finals in May this year.
MACC started the probe some four months ago, as first revealed by The Malay Mail on June 25, in an article headlined "BAM under scrutiny".
The commission's officers had then visited BAM’s offices in Bukit Kiara here to check on several documents.
MACC investigation director Mustafar Ali told The Paper That Cares that investigations on the BAM issues were carried out.
“There is a case involving a business transaction in Singapore and we need time to complete our investigations.”
When asked if the former athlete was involved, Mustafar did not confirm nor deny it but said: “All those relevant to the case have and will be called.”
Sources claim the investigations also revolved around BAM’s ousted honorary secretary P. Ganga Rao’s involvement in the supposed deal involving BAM, ING Insurance and Singapore-based Enterprise Sport Group.
As discussed in a BAM exco meeting on Feb 19 this year, ING Insurance was to be the new sponsors for a one-year term and the company’s logo displayed on the front of the player’s shirts, replacing Proton.
Article 7.3 of the BAM minutes stated: “The ING Insurance sponsorship with RM2.1 million coupled with a reduction in Proton’s sponsorship would give BAM a net increase of RM1.6 million in sponsorship money compared with earlier funding received from Proton.”
However, Ganga had refuted claims linking him and several others, including the former athlete, of having secured RM3 million from the deal.