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Straits Times Press to launch book on Singapore football match fixers

Singapore, 12 June 2014 – Straits Times Press (STP), the book publishing arm of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), will be launching its latest release “Foul! The inside story of Singapore match fixers" on Monday, 16 June, at the SPH News Centre auditorium. The author of the book is Mr Zaihan Mohamed Yusof, Senior Correspondent at The New Paper (TNP).


Foul! is a 152-page book that unveils the untold story of prominent Singaporean match fixers who have boldly plied their trade on the international football scene. It gives a comprehensive account of the situation, covering a diverse array of topics. They include the inner mechanisms of a match-fixing syndicate, trade secrets and tricks on and off the pitch, the manifold layers of a dirty business steeped in violence and trickery, and the ultimate deadly repercussions of assault, suicide and murder.

The book also has first-hand interviews with the infamous Wilson Raj Perumal and other Singapore match fixers – or “Kelong Kings” – of past and present, and official statements and actions by both local and international authorities. The book ends with an update of the fight against match fixing, in light of the 2014 World Cup that is currently taking place in Brazil. 

The genesis of the book was SPH’s English and Malay Newspaper Division (EMND) Annual awards held in March 2012. Zaihan had just won for “Story of the Year”, for his report  “Global Kelong Kings: Singapore has ‘academy of match fixers’ says Fifa”, which was published in The New Paper on 30 April 2011. He also clinched the Journalist of the Year award as well.

Zaihan said: “Following my EMND awards victories, my editor Dominic Nathan suggested that we take a step further by writing a book on this topic. But I wanted more time to be familiar with the subject as I sought out further developments on the global match-fixing scandals. In February 2013, Europol announced that it had discovered 680 matches that were suspected to be fixed. Out of this number, 300 of them had strong links to a Singapore match-fixing cartel. After knowing this I felt I was ready. I sensed there was international curiosity into why and how a group of Singaporeans was able to compromise football on the international stage.”

He added: “Things began to fell into place and by May 2013, I began to hear about the initial stages of Wilson Raj's syndicate being infiltrated by undercover investigators. In September 2013, the world heard of the anti-kelong crackdown that led to the arrest of Singaporean Kelong King Dan Tan and 13 others in his syndicate.”

The book was written and completed in three months, based on research materials that had been collated over a four-year period.

Ms Shirley Hew, Publisher and Executive Director, Straits Times Press said: “This is yet another successful collaboration between TNP, the newspaper, and ST Press, the publisher.  It is the result of the reach, network and core strengths of each team – TNP's inside track and knowledge into the world of The Beautiful Game with exposés and its quintessential ability to produce a page turner using their flair in art and narrative; combined with ST Press' publishing capability to bring book to market in a timely fashion.
Yet another demonstration of SPH's multiplatform and cross-channel capabilities."

Mr Dominic Nathan, Editor, The New Paper said: “TNP prides itself in extensive football news reporting and investigative reporting on the game.  Through his hard work, Zaihan has become one of the leading experts on this topic, having written over 140 investigative reports on global football match-fixing syndicates, particularly in Asia. His views have been sought after by international publications and quoted in Al Jazeera, BBC, ESPN, The New York Times, Radio France, The Financial Times and AFP, among many others.”

He added: “In the tradition of TNP-style reporting, readers can expect scoops within the pages of the story. From how a convicted match fixer placed under house arrest is still able to direct match-fixing attempts overseas, to revelations from the progenitor of match fixing in Singapore admitting that Dan Tan was once his runner. Hear the voices from almost all the characters in the kelong line-up as they dish up the dirt on their rivals. Most importantly, see and learn how one match fixing syndicate was infiltrated by foreign undercover investigators through the use of social media.”

Foul! The inside story of Singapore match fixers” is available at leading bookstores at $19.26 (GST inclusive) from Friday, 13 June onwards. The book can also be ordered from the Straits Times Press online bookstore at: www.stpressbooks.com.sg .


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For more information, please contact:


Ms Chin Soo Fang 
Head
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID – 6319 1216
Email – 
soofang@sph.com.sg

Mr Yeo Siew Chi
Manager
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID – 6319 1586
Email – 
yeosc@sph.com.sg 
About Straits Times Press (STP)

Straits Times Press is a publishing house with more than 100 years of combined international publishing experience as a team. The team has won international and regional prizes for excellence in editorial, design and publishing.

Straits Times Press publishes History, Biographies/Memoirs, Politics, Culture, Food and Lifestyle books. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Ltd.

For more information, please visit www.stpressbooks.com.sg.
About The New Paper

Launched in 1988, The New Paper has pioneered a style of journalism in Singapore that goes for sharp news angles. The second most-read paid English newspaper in Singapore after The Straits Times, The New Paper has a huge following for its sports pages that provide strong sports coverage, especially in soccer news. Now a big part of the Singapore scene, The New Paper strolled into the Guinness Book of World Records in 2000, when its annual mass-fitness event, The New Paper Big Walk, was recognised as the largest walk in the world.



About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.


Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing 

SPH has 19 titles licensed under the Newspaper Printing and Presses Act, of which nine are daily newspapers across four languages. On an average day, 3.05 million individuals or 76 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.


Internet and Mobile

Beyond print, SPH's suite of digital products includes online editions of newspapers and magazines, as well as mobile applications. Our online products enjoy 360 million page views with 23 million unique browsers every month. Apart from AsiaOne, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds); Stomp, 
omy.sg and SPH Razor. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times’ iPhone application. SPH’s Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital editions which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions. The Malay language-daily Berita Harian has apps for both iPhones and Android smartphones and iPads, offering both native and PDF formats, and an online version.

Broadcasting

In the radio business, SPH Radio Pte Ltd operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss92 and HOT FM91.3 in English. SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. 


Events and Out-of-Home Advertising

SPH’s events arm Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPHMBO. 


Properties

SPH REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established principally to invest, directly or indirectly, in a portfolio of income-producing real estate which is used primarily for retail purposes in Asia-Pacific, as well as real estate-related assets. SPH REIT is managed by SPH REIT Management Pte. Ltd., which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Limited. 

The initial portfolio of SPH REIT comprises the following two high quality and well located commercial properties in Singapore:

· Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property, well known for its upscale mall housing many luxury brands, located in the heart of Orchard Road; and
· The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall located in the centre of Clementi town, an established residential estate in the west of Singapore. 

The Seletar Mall is SPH's latest retail development and is expected to open at the end of 2014. This property is a potential asset to be injected into SPH REIT. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road. 


For more information, please visit www.sph.com.sg.