PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Johor Crown Prince has raised his concern on corruption, appearing to be sceptical that the perpetrator would face punishment.
"Corruption is a serious crime. Do you know what is the punishment for committing it? Nothing ... if you are a member of certain organisations," Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim said in the latest post on the Johor Southern Tigers' Facebook page.
Although he did not name any individual in his Facebook posting, his statement coincidentally followed allegations made against Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
As the Johor Football Association president, Tunku Ismail said he had always called for an independent body for its referees, to prevent any conflict of interest.
"Being corrupted is a very bad trait. Being silent and doing nothing about it, however, is even worse.
"I would prefer even to fail with honour, than to win by cheating," he added.
The Wall Street Journal and Sarawak Report published an article on Friday quoting an "unnamed investigator", claiming that almost US$700 million (S$943 million) of troubled state investment company 1Malaysia Development Berhad's (1MDB) funds went into the Prime Minister's personal bank accounts.
The Prime Minister's Office responded to the report, saying that it was a "political sabotage".
1MBD insisted that no funds had been transferred to Mr Najib's accounts.
Mr Najib had also accused former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad of "working hand in glove" with foreign nationals and behind the "latest lie".