KUALA LUMPUR: The national shuttlers and coaches are rallying behind the BA of Malaysia (BAM) in support of their proposal to come up with a new standard operating procedure (SOP) to combat match-fixing activities at the national level.
“It is a good move as match-fixing is something that must be stopped,” said World No 2 Lee Chong Wei.
“Money is important but it should come from proper channels and not by fixing matches.
“A shuttler needs to work hard for money and success.
“If you are good, you don’t have to go looking for money, it will come to you.”
Compatriot Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin believes BAM have made the right move to fight the immoral activity.
“Players who are found guilty should be handed the mandatory life ban.
"This will teach the rest. For players like me, who are under BAM, we are fortunate because we are covered in terms of accommodation, food, drinks and allowances. There is no need for us to get involved in match-fixing.
"My advice to fellow players is don't be greedy. We should work hard and not try to cut corners," said Iskandar, who on Saturday bagged his second National Championships crown.
On Saturday, BAM disclosed that a new SOP will be introduced to fight match corruption in badminton.
BAM's rules, discipline and integrity committee member Jadadish Chandra said the proposal will be presented to the council soon.
The move comes after two Malaysian shuttlers were provisionally suspended by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) for match-fixing.
Both shuttlers, face six charges of match-fixing from six tournaments between 2013-2016. It is learnt that a non-Malaysian shuttler had lodged a report against them after a tournament in 2016.
Women's doubles coach Rosman Razak sees BAM’s proposal as a proactive move.
“Players should be aware of their responsibility and not get involved in criminal activities like match-fixing," said Rosman.