Indonesian jailed 30 months for SEA Games football match-fixing attempt

Former Timor Leste footballer Moises Natalino de Jesus, Rajendran Kurusamy and his associate, Indonesian national Nasiruddin, leaving the State Courts in a van on May 30, 2015.
Former Timor Leste footballer Moises Natalino de Jesus, Rajendran Kurusamy and his associate, Indonesian national Nasiruddin, leaving the State Courts in a van on May 30, 2015.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

SINGAPORE - An Indonesian national was jailed for 30 months on Tuesday (July 21) for football match fixing activities at the 28th South East Asian Games.

Nasiruddin, 52, abetted with two persons - one of whom is a Singaporean - to corruptly give $15,000 to technical director of the Timor Leste Football Association Orlando Marques Henriques Mendes as a reward to arrange for the Timor Leste football team to lose the match against Malaysia.

The match, which was played on May 30, ended in a 1-0 win for Malaysia.

Nasiruddin was also charged with bribing at least seven players of the Timor Leste football team to lose the same match.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) said Singapore adopts a zero tolerance approach towards corruption, and match fixing of any form is not condoned in Singapore.

The CPIB added that it will not hesitate to take action against any party involved in match fixing related activities as the Bureau works with the Asian Football Confederation, the Football Association of Singapore, and other agencies to keep the local football scene clean.