NGOs want probe into al­leged Yawas fund abuse

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SHAH ALAM: The Se­lan­gor NGOs Coali­tion yes­ter­day lodged a re­port with the Malaysian An­tiCor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) urg­ing for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­leged mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion in­volv­ing Yayasan Warisan Anak Se­lan­gor (Yawas) funds.

The coali­tion’s le­gal ad­viser, Datuk Mohd Im­ran Tam­rin, said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion should look into the dis­burse­ment of Yawas funds, which was un­der the su­per­vi­sion of Da­mansara Utama as­sem­bly­woman Yeo Bee Yin.

He said the coali­tion was ques­tion­ing the foun­da­tion’s Skim Mesra Usia Emas (SMUE) fund man­age­ment, which recorded a with­drawal of more than RM70,000 even though only RM39,000 was spent.

“There is no need for ex­cess cash on hand when you can use ATM cards to with­draw the money at any time. There­fore, we want this mat­ter to be in­ves­ti­gated,” he said af­ter hand­ing doc­u­ments re­gard­ing the al­leged mis­use of Yawas funds to MACC yes­ter­day.

SMUE is an emer­gency aid scheme to help fam­ily mem­bers of the de­ceased with fu­neral ex­penses amount­ing to RM1,500.

“How­ever, this as­sis­tance was not ren­dered. The Yawas fund dis­burse­ment is ques­tion­able,” said Mohd Im­ran.

On Tues­day, the coali­tion’s chair­man, Datuk Seri Ja­mal Md Yunos, lodged a po­lice re­port against Yeo over al­leged abuse of Yawas funds.

Ja­mal had claimed that Yeo had with­drawn cash from Yawas funds, but had not dis­bursed it to re­cip­i­ents.

He claimed that sev­eral Pakatan Hara­pan as­sem­bly­men were also in­volved.

Yeo, who was at the MACC of­fice yes­ter­day, re­it­er­ated that there was no mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of Yawas funds.

She had on Wed­nes­day de­nied Ja­mal’s al­le­ga­tions and said she had the pa­per­work to prove her in­no­cence.

“I want to show him what good pol­i­tics is, which is why I am here to­day with all the doc­u­ments.

“He can check all the files if he wants to.”

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