Monday, October 7, 2013

Police report against Khazanah and ministry

A police report has been lodged against Khazanah Nasional and the Youth and Sport Ministry over alleged misuse of funds.
Opposition MP Lim Lip Eng lodged a police report today against the government’s investment arm Khazanah Nasional and Youth and Sport Ministry over alleged misuse of funds worth RM2.86 million following the Auditor-General’s Report 2012.
Citing the report, Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said the directors and executive officials of Khazanah Nasional who were granted American Express credit cards had not declared their monthly expenses despite being required to do so.
Some 106 cards with unlimited credit were issued between 2006 and December 2012, and the total unaccounted expenses had accumulated to a whopping RM1.26 million, the report said.
Khazanah, in its reply to the auditor-general, said it would take action to cancel a card should an individual still failed to settle the previous undeclared expenses after a given period.
Lim said such a move was akin to allowing a person who stole at a supermarket to apologise after getting caught at the car park.
“The staff should not break the rules by not declaring when they use the card. Now they cannot explain after being caught.
“Since Khazanah has to foot the bill, the staff must take responsibility,” he told reporters after lodging the police report.
On the second case targeting at the Youth and Sport Ministry, Lim said minister Khairy Jamaluddin’s statement on the RM1.6 million expenses to hire South Korean artistes had clashed with that of his predecessor, Ahmad Shabery Cheek.
Khairy had said the ministry was forced to foot the bill after the sponsors pulled out, contradicting Ahmad Shabery’s statement that the sponsor’s money would go through the ministry to the artistes.
“So has the ministry received the RM1.6 million? Where is the money gone?” he asked.
He urged the police to investigate the two reports for possible cheating, corruption and misappropriation of funds.
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