Former Football Association of Singapore president Zainudin Nordin has been arrested as police probe his involvement in a suspected misuse of club funds at Tiong Bahru Football Club and an attempt to obstruct audits into clubs.
Zainudin, who stepped down from his post as FAS president last year, was also a PAP MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC and Mayor of Central Singapore Community Development Council until 2015.
Others arrested in the probe include Bill Ng, the former chairman of Tiong Bahru football club, Ng’s wife, and Winston Lee who is currently serving as FAS secretary-general.
All 4 of them are now out on bail.
The money was reportedly donated via the FAS to the Asean Football Federation’s Football Management System.
The FMS is a management portal that provides marketing contract templates, and has governance, finance and human resource functions.
Its vendor is a company called Tribal Worldwide, which is headquartered in New York and has an office in Singapore.
A public dispute then took place between Ng and Lee, with Lee producing documents to show that Ng and Zainudin had corresponded over the donation.
Ng however insists it was Lee who made the request for the donation.
A police report lodged by Sport Singapore (SportSG) subsequently saw a raid at the FAS headquarters at Jalan Besar Stadium, and three football clubs linked to Ng: Hougang United, TBFC, and Woodlands Wellington.
This led to the arrest of the 4 as police investigate the incident.
Meanwhile, the FAS election is still on course to take place on Saturday (30 Apr).