Friday, April 25, 2008


MSSM / Bowling: Jacqueline strikes gold rush
By : Reports: Jugjet Singh, K. M. Boopathy, Ajitpal Singh, Christopher Raj, Devinder Singh.
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SARAWAK'S Jacqueline Jenelee Sijore took the day's limelight in the Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM) bowling championships by picking up gold medals in the Girls' Under-18 doubles, team and All-Events at the Pyramid Megalanes in Bandar Sunway yesterday.
Jacqueline, 16, began her gold rush in the doubles, when she and partner Dayang Kahiruniza Dhiyana posted a 12-game combined total of 2,417 pinfalls, to win the event by a massive 130 pins.Jacqueline had lines of 181, 223, 241, 182, 220, 180 for a 1,227 total while Dayang recorded 1,190 (183, 209, 179, 208, 176, 235.Selangor's Nur Diana Husin-Hee Kar Yen won the silver medal on 2,287 followed by Negri Sembilan's Adlin Nadzirah Ghazali-Sanisah Noor Kamaruddin (2,235).In the team event, Jacqueline, a student of SMK Batu Lintang anchored Sarawak to the gold medal with a grandtotal of 4,599 pinfalls, a massive 267 pins ahead of silver medallist Selangor.
Perak won the bronze medal with a 4,164 total.Jacqueline was declared the winner of the All-Events after attaining an 18-game total of 3,847 pinfalls (singles -- 1,288, doubles -- 1277, team -- 1,332).Perak's Syaidatul Afifah Badrul Hamidi won the silver on 3,837 followed by Dayang Kahiruniza (3,652).Jacqueline, a member of the National Youth squad, said she was delighted to bag three gold medals in her debut appearance in the MSSM Under-18 competition."I hope my winning form will continue in the Masters tomorrow (today)," said Jacqueline, who won four gold medals in last year's MSSM Under-15 event in Johor.Jacqueline, who won last year's Malaysia Open Youth title, will be making her Malaysia Games debut in Terengganu next month.Meanwhile, defending champions Selangor finally picked up their first gold medal in the event by clinching the Boys'Under-18 team event title.Selangor led by Mohd Aziem Azemi posted 4,805 to win team gold medal followed by Sarawak (4,738) and Perak (4,701).Putrajaya's Muhd Amirrul Afif Mohd Nasir won the All-Events with an 18-game total of 3,948 followed by Johor's Khairul Diaz Din (3,930) and Noor Afizal Azizan (3,774).The competition will end with the Boys' and Girls' Masters today.RESULTS - Boys' Under-18 Doubles:1 Syimir Abdul Razak-Yusuf Abdul Raof (Sel) 2,497, 2 Khairul Diaz Din- Mohd Amirul Shah Suhaimi (Joh) 2,465, 3 Noor Afizal Azizan-Mohd Khairulazri Khairudin (NS) 2,455.Team:1 Selangor 4,805, 2 Sarawak 4,738, 3 Perak 4,701.All-Events:1 Muhd Amirrul Afif Mohd Nasir (Put) 3,948, 2 Khairul Diaz Din (Joh) 3,930, 3 Noor Afizal Azizan (NS) 3,774.Girls' Under-18 Doubles:1 Jacqueline Jenelee Sijore- Dayang Kahiruniza Dhiyana (Sar) 2,417, 2 Nur Diana Husin-Hee Kar Yen (Sel) 2,287, 3 Adlin Nadzirah Ghazali-Sanisah Noor Kamaruddin (NS) 2,235.Team:1 Sarawak 4,599, 2 Selangor 4,332, 3 Perak 4,164.All-Events:1 Jacqueline Jenelee Sijore (Sar) 3,847, 2 Syaidatul Afifah Badrul Hamidi (Per) 3,837, 3 Dayang Kahiruniza Dhiyana (Sar) 3,652.5.
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Six detained by ACA, more to be hauled upBy : Christopher Raj, Dennis Wong and Alang Bendahara

KUCHING: At least five players from the Sarawak football team and an ex-national player were detained yesterday while several others from Malaysian Super League (MSL) teams are under investigation in a second wave of operations against match-fixing.
The six were picked up by Anti-Corruption Agency officers yesterday evening and were believed to be held overnight at a police lock-up.Investigations are now focused on the Sarawak and Police football association teams.Sources disclose that the ACA is investigating if the ex-national player is a runner for a bookie.Earlier yesterday, Sarawak ACA director Mohamad Yusof Akope confirmed that several players have had their statements recorded with more expected to be hauled up soon.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Ismail Omar also confirmed that at least nine players from the Police FA were being investigated. Ismail, who is also Police FA president, declined to elaborate, but it is learnt that he ordered the investigations.Police have conducted their internal inquiry and have expanded their investigations to the bookies with whom the players are allegedly involved. The last time an operation of such scale was conducted was 14 years ago when 21 players and coaches were banished, and 58 players were suspended for between one and four years by the FA of Malaysia (FAM). Malaysian football never recovered from that debacle.Sarawak FA (FAS) secretary Muhammad Maluddin confirmed that several players had been suspended following an internal inquiry."We conducted a domestic inquiry and have lodged a report with the ACA."Sarawak coach Kunju Jamaluddin admitted that two players had been suspended, adding that "they were punished for indiscipline".The grapevine here has been abuzz with allegations of match-fixing following the state's poor form in the MSL.Stuck at the bottom of the 13-team league, Sarawak is facing relegation to the Premier League next season.The FAS lodged a report with the ACA in February without informing the FAM. FAM general secretary Lt Gen (R) Datuk Azzuddin Ahmad said: "I am surprised that we were not informed. I have, however, forwarded newspaper reports over the last few days on alleged match-fixing to the police, ACA and Sarawak FA. I have also given the Sarawak FA an April 29 deadline for an explanation."Suspicions arose following Sarawak's pattern of heavy defeats.It started with a 4-1 loss to Perak, the team's seventh match of the season. Then, it went down 4-0 to Penang, Johor, Negri Sembilan and UPB-MyTeam. The 4-0 scorelines raised eyebrows.The police team is also in the relegation zone. It, however, shocked champions Kedah in its last match, winning 2-1, but that was only its fifth win in 22 matches. Police, last year's Premier League champions, have so far lost 14 matches.While it is no excuse for match-fixing, a FAS source said internal bickering and management problems were at the root of the problem in the Sarawak team."Delayed salaries is another contributing factor." Another source said bookies saw the current friction between FAS and the players as an opportunity to move in.The problem of match-fixing came to light recently when one player lodged a report at the Gita police station.He alleged that several seniors were in possession of large amounts of money on match days.

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Friday April 25, 2008
Entire Sarawak team quizzed in match-fixing probe
PETALING JAYA: Five current players and one former player from the Sarawak Super League team have been detained by the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) in connection with a match-fixing probe.
An FA of Sarawak (FAS) official confirmed that the ACA questioned the entire Sarawak team yesterday before taking the five into custody. The former player is believed to be the runner for the bookies.
The ACA began their probe about two months ago when FAS executive secretary Abdul Wahet Uji lodged a report regarding match-fixing in the team.
“I made the report two months ago,” the former Sarawak coach confirmed in a telephone interview from Kuching yesterday.
“It is a shame that things have come to this extent even after a kind soul (Project Management Group chief executive officer Zuraimi Sabki) had come forward to bail out the team from their financial difficulties this season.
“Yes, everyone is talking about it (match-fixing) now but there is no real proof and that is why we alerted the ACA to conduct an investigation.”
Sarawak are currently at the bottom of the 13-team standings on 14 points from four wins, two draws and 16 defeats.
They have also conceded a whopping 60 goals in 22 games and have not won a single away match (10 defeats and a draw) all season.
The FAS were in a real financial mess last season – they did not pay the players’ salaries for six months and even declared themselves bankrupt halfway through the Malaysian Super League (MSL).
However, things improved this season when Zuraimi came forward to bail them out from the debts. The company even managed to raise a few million ringgit to revive Sarawak’s fortunes.
While their off-field matters improved, things continued to worsen on the field.
Sarawak, however, are not the only team facing the match-fixing scourge. Several other teams are also said to be concerned with the resurfacing of the menace.
The Police FA are reported to have hauled up nine players for so-called “poor performances”.
In 1994, more than 100 players were rounded up by police in a nation-wide crackdown on match fixing and many were banned.