Former Malaysian national footballer jailed 2 years for match-fixing

SINGAPORE - Former Malaysian national footballer, Thana Segar S Sinnaiah, 40, was sentenced to two years' jail on Thursday for helping a Singaporean bribe a referee to fix a soccer match.

According to a statement from the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB), Thana Segar pleaded guilty to four charges.

He admitted to conspiring with Selvarajan s/o Letchuman to bribe former Football Association of Malaysia referee Shokri Bin Nor with RM15,000 (S$5,600) to fix the Malaysian Super League match between the Lions XII and Sarawak FA scheduled on May 22, 2012.

The match ended in a 3-0 win for LionsXII. All three were arrested before the match kicked off, The Straits Times reported.

Thana Segar also pleaded guilty to two counts of abetment by conspiracy with Selvarajan and Shokri to cheat Singapore Pools, and for one count of failure to present his passport when leaving Singapore.

The Straits Times added that the case of Selvarajan, 52, is pending while Shokri, 50, is still on the run after jumping bail in July 2012.

candicec@sph.com.sg