Mara dis­misses An­nuar’s claims

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Ma­jlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) board has dis­missed Tan Sri An­nuar Musa’s claim that he was sus­pended as the group’s chair­man over his sup­port for the Uni­fied Ex­am­i­na­tion Cer­tifi­cate (UEC).

Mara in­terim chair­man Datuk Dr Yu­sof Ya­cob yes­ter­day said the sus­pen­sion was to give way to in­ves­ti­ga­tions to take place re­gard­ing al­le­ga­tions of spon­sor­ship for Kelantan’s The Red War­riors foot­ball team.

Yu­sof said the sus­pen­sion was not in re­la­tion to An­nuar’s stand on UEC, but to se­cure pub­lic con­fi­dence in Mara’s cor­po­rate gov­er­nance.

“An­nuar has been in­formed not to is­sue any state­ments un­til the probe by the Mara in­ter­nal au­dit com­mit­tee is com­pleted.

“Also, his in­volve­ment or sup­port of UEC is in no way re­lated to Mara’s de­ci­sion to sus­pend him, but clearly due to spon­sor­ship is­sues for The Red War­riors.

“I hope all par­ties, in­clud­ing Tan Sri An­nuar, un­der­stand this fact with­out dis­tort­ing it,” he said.

Following the claims by An­nuar, Umno Supreme Coun­cil mem­ber Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Nazri Ab­dul Aziz came for­ward to say that he, too, was a staunch sup­porter of UEC, yet no dras­tic ac­tion had been taken against him.

“I want to know, who dis­crim­i­nated against him (An­nuar)? Was it the cab­i­net?” he said out­side the De­wan Rakyat this week.

Fel­low Umno Supreme Coun­cil mem­ber Datuk Seri Is­mail Sabri Yaakob rub­bished the claims, adding that An­nuar’s sus­pen­sion stemmed from the con­tro­ver­sial use of Mara sub­si­dies and spon­sor­ship of the Kelantan foot­ball team.

An­nuar was sus­pended as Mara chair­man with im­me­di­ate ef­fect on Jan 31, af­ter doc­u­ments of spon­sor­ship by Univer­siti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) and Pe­labu­ran Mara Bhd (PMB) for the Kelantan foot­ball team were ex­posed by Tunku Mahkota of Jo­hor Tunku Is­mail Sul­tan Ibrahim.

The Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion is ex­am­in­ing An­nuar over claims that he co­erced PMB and UniKL to spon­sor the Kelantan foot­ball team for RM700,000.

He has since main­tained that Mara did not spon­sor the Kelantan team, and that UniKL was a pri­vate firm, which made its own de­ci­sions.

An­nuar yes­ter­day de­nied the re­port by a Chi­nese daily claim­ing that he was fired over his sup­port for the UEC.

“That’s not what I said. The con­tent was fine but the head­ing said I was fired. I was sus­pended to al­low in­ves­ti­ga­tions to pro­ceed.

“How­ever, I don’t deny that my stand on UEC has cre­ated dis­putes among some in­di­vid­u­als in Mara. It’s an open se­cret,” he said at the Par­lia­ment lobby.

He re­it­er­ated his sup­port for UEC, say­ing the gov­ern­ment should con­sider recog­nis­ing the cer­tifi­cate.

An­nuar said there were sev­eral quar­ters that op­posed UEC with­out ba­sis, and that any dif­fer­ences on the is­sue should be brought to the dis­cus­sion ta­ble.

“UEC and Chi­nese in­de­pen­dent schools are not un­con­sti­tu­tional. They are not against the Ed­u­ca­tion Act,” he said.

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