Referee who skipped bail in S'pore found in Kedah

Referee who skipped bail in S'pore found in Kedah

SINGAPORE - For a wanted man, Shokri Nor lived an open life.

The former part-time referee and policeman fled Singapore around July 2012 - two months after being charged with corruption. He was accused of conspiring to fix the match between Singapore's LionsXII and Sarawak FA in the Malaysian Super League.

Now, almost a year later, The New Paper found Shokri living in a housing estate about 20 minutes outside Sungai Petani in Kedah, Malaysia.

For a man supposedly hiding from the law, Shokri was not cowering.

When TNP observed him for three days starting July 1, he went about his daily routine with nary a care for the law.

Shokri's routine started in the morning with him sweeping the floor of his semi-detached house and cleaning his black car.

He was polite, greeting neighbours while taking out the trash.

When TNP approached him on July 3, Shokri was unhappy with the intrusion.

For about 20 seconds, he stood silently staring at this reporter, surprised that he had been found. Frowning, he asked in Malay: "What's all this about?"

TNP peppered him with questions.

Why did he abscond? How did he manage to get out of Singapore in spite of his passport being impounded by the Singapore authorities? He scanned the estate as though waiting for more strangers to emerge from the shadows. Visibly upset, Shokri growled "what for" before he went back into his house and killed the lights.

Over the next 15 minutes, Shokri's worried-looking wife and teenage daughter spoke on his behalf.

Madam Ju said: "(You can't guarantee he will not be arrested), that's why we can't really talk to you.

"He is now stressed out. Super stressed, he has told me."

His teenage daughter, who declined to be named, said: "I don't want to be rude, but this isn't something we need right now. What if the authorities come and arrest my father?

"Why is Singapore so interested in knowing all about my father's situation?"

The teenager added she was surprised that it took a year to locate her father.

Shokri was initially rumoured to be in Penang and later, Kedah.

TNP understands he had moved out of his police quarters in Penang after the corruption saga. We wanted his side of the story.

Then a well-placed insider in Malaysia told TNP that Shokri was spotted in the Sungai Petani estate driving a Penang-registered Perodua Kenari.

The family went everywhere in the car. Each time the family headed into town or to the petrol station, Shokri was always the first out of the car.

He would walk ahead of his family.

Even when our Singapore-registered car had unknowingly moved slowly past his front gate, Shokri was not suspicious. He took a glance and continued with his housework.

It remained uncertain how long Shokri had been living there.

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