‘RE­VEAL DOC­U­MENTS TO DISPROVE AL­LE­GA­TIONS’

Do it so that Pe­nan­gites’ trust in body will be re­stored, says Yus­sof

New Straits Times - - News -

MO­HAMED BASYIR GE­ORGE TOWN news@nst.com.my

DECLASSIFY au­dit re­ports and re­veal the au­di­tor if there is no mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of Pe­nang Za­kat funds, the state Re­li­gious Af­fairs Com­mit­tee was told yes­ter­day.

Pe­nang Malay As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Tan Sri Mohd Yus­sof Lat­iff said it was “sur­pris­ing ” that its com­mit­tee chair­man, Datuk Ab­dul Ma­lik Abul Kassim, claimed that no funds were mis­ap­pro­pri­ated when the Malaysian An­ti­Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) ar­rested four high-rank­ing of­fi­cials on Tues­day to as­sist in an al­leged mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion probe.

“So, is he say­ing that Pe­nang Za­kat has been framed? It is im­pos­si­ble to claim that no mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion took place as MACC found is­sues re­lat­ing to Pe­nang Za­kat of­fi­cers be­fore tak­ing them in,” he told the New Straits Times yes­ter­day.

Yus­sof said the au­dit doc­u­ments had to be re­vealed to the pub­lic so that it would be able to ex­plain Pe­nang Za­kat’s money trans­ac­tions.

“Since trust in Pe­nang Za­kat is pos­si­bly at an its all-time low, this can win back Pe­nan­gites’ trust re­gard­ing the agency.”

He also said that the au­di­tor had to ex­plain his re­ports, which claimed no funds were mis­ap­pro­pri­ated.

“They must come clean. Ac­cord­ing to MACC, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer had given education aid and schol­ar­ship to his own child.

“The au­di­tor has to ex­plain what money that is. Is it the funds col­lected by Pe­nang Za­kat or from other sources?”

Tan Sri Mohd Yus­sof Lat­iff

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