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Singapore: An Indian-origin man in Singapore, along with three others, were charged on Saturday for their alleged role in conspiring to fix a South East Asian (SEA) Games football match.

Singapore-based Rajendran R. Kurusamy, 55, was accused of corruptly agreeing to give S$15,000 ($11,130) to Orlando Marques Henriques Mendes — the technical director of the Football Federation of Timor Leste — as a reward, in exchange for arranging for his football team to lose their SEA Games match against Malaysia, Channel News Asia reported.

Rajendran has denied the charge.

Orlando is also the team manager for the football team fielded by Timor Leste for the SEA Games. Court documents revealed that Rajendran had met the official at Singapore’s Orchid Country Club on May 28.

Orlando was charged for allegedly agreeing to accept the money.

Two other men were also charged for their alleged roles in the conspiracy. They are former Timor Leste football player Moises Natalino De Jesus, and Indonesian player, Nasiruddin.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Nicholas Khoo asked for the four men to be remanded for a week for further investigations.

He said the arrests were part of a large operation by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB).

The men will be back in court on June 5.

If found guilty of corruption, the men could be jailed up to five years and fined S$100,000.

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In a Sudden Move, Malaysia’s King Abdicates Throne

The Council of Rulers is expected to meet soon to pick the next king.

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Malaysia King Sultan Muhammad V salutes during the national anthem at the opening of the 14th parliament session at the Parliament house in Kuala Lumpur, July 17, 2018. VOA

Malaysian King Sultan Muhammad V abdicated on Sunday in an unexpected move, after just two years on the throne.

The palace said in a statement that the 49-year-old ruler had resigned as Malaysia’s 15th king with immediate effect, cutting short his five-year term. No reason was given in the statement.

It marked the first abdication in the nation’s history.

Sultan Muhammad V, ruler of northeast Kelantan state, took his oath of office in December 2016, becoming one of Malaysia’s youngest constitutional monarchs.

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Malaysia’s King Sultan Muhammad V at the Trooping of Colours ceremony.

He is said to have married a 25-year-old former Russian beauty queen in November while on a two-month medical leave. Reports in Russian and British media and on social media featured pictures of the wedding, which reportedly took place in Moscow. Neither the sultan, the palace nor the government had officially confirmed the wedding.

Speculation that Sultan Muhammad V would step down emerged this past week, shortly after he returned from his leave, but Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Friday that he was unaware of any abdication plans.

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Under a unique system maintained since Malaysia’s independence from Britain in 1957, nine hereditary state rulers take turns as the country’s king for five-year terms.

The Council of Rulers is expected to meet soon to pick the next king.

The monarch’s role is largely ceremonial, since administrative power is vested in the prime minister and parliament. But the monarch is highly regarded, particularly among the ethnic Malay Muslim majority, as the supreme upholder of Malay tradition. (VOA)