After reports of Malaysian shuttlers being involved in gambling has emerged the government has said that they would probe the matter and also seek an explanation from the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).
There have been allegations that two national shuttlers borrowed money from unlicensed money lenders to satisfy their appetite for football gambling.
While the badminton association has categorically denied the allegations, it has said that it will fully cooperate with the government agencies and also assist in the ongoing investigation by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
Talking to the reporters, Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said: “If this (football betting) is illegal and flouts BAM regulations, then it becomes a serious matter that must be dealt with in the best way possible by those handling the matter.”
Reports emerged in the local media that two shuttlers have failed to pay their gambling debts amounting to hundreds of thousands, to ‘Ah Longs’ (unlicensed money lenders) after they were involved in football gambling.
While the name of the players has not been revealed, BAM issued a statement in which read: “We would like to reiterate that none of our players are subject matter to the BWF investigation.
“As this is an on-going BWF investigation, BAM will no longer be commenting on this matter.”