ABOUT THE BOOK
Perumal has been labeled the world's most prolific
match-fixer in football's recent history. Born a village boy in
rural Singapore in the mid-60's, Wilson climbed the heights of
international match-fixing across five continents, becoming
FIFA's most wanted man.
Like a "guppy in the sea", Wilson starts off a small gambler, mixing with the local Singapore bookies, and witnesses the rise and fall of the old-school Asian "big fish" of match-fixing until he finds himself competing against them in a world with no set rules, where turncoats are the norm and quick money the only drive.
too powerful, or too maverick, Wilson is delivered to Finnish
police in February 2011 by his own associates. But those who
betrayed Wilson did not expect him to open the match-fixing
Pandora's box. In his book, Wilson reveals an unprecedented
account of how the international match-fixing underworld has
influenced the outcomes of matches at every level of football
that we may well have watched unsuspectingly.
Kelong Kings is the ultimate tale about gambling, football and match-fixing, told directly by the man who made it all happen.
I ran my presentation over in my head: “Ok. It's 50-50-50, three matches, 150 thousand dollars, then, if we decide that you proceed to the next round of the tournament, it's another 50 thousand. In total, you'll be making about 200 thousand dollars”, I paused. “That's a lot of money”.
In order to convince someone that you've got a plan, you need to speak like Robert De Niro. It's not easy, if only I were blessed with the way he speaks, things would be much smoother.
As we sat in the airplane, T kept asking: “Are you sure that this kind of thing can be done? It seems like something out of a comic book to me”.
“I can make it happen”, I reassured him...
- Wilson Raj Perumal