By Annabelle Lee
Sungai Besar Umno chief Jamal Md Yunos today alleged several politicians from the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor have used funds meant for welfare aid for personal gains.
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He claimed the politicians withdrew cash from the Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor (Yawas) fund but never disbursed it to qualified recipients.
Claiming that they are DAP’s Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, DAP’s Sekinchan assemblyperson Ng Suee Lim and a PKR politician, Jamal refused to name the second assemblyperson involved.
When contacted, both Kok and Ng denied Jamal’s allegations and challenged him to show proof.
Malaysiakini is withholding the name of the PKR politician pending his response.
“I am certain what they did was for political gain,” Jamal said at a press conference in Ampang.
As proof, Jamal held up a document he claimed recorded the amount of money withdrawn by opposition politicians using AmBank ATM cards distributed by the state.
He did not circulate the document, which appeared to be a bank statement.
He also showed a list of individuals who were supposed to have had received the funds, but did not.
The aid in question is the Skim Mesra Usia Emas (SMUE), an emergency aid scheme where family members can apply for RM1,500 funeral expenses for those who are born in Selangor. Applications have to be made through elected representatives in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.
Despite his allegations, Jamal suggested Yawas schemes and funds be extended to Selangor citizens living in other states as well as Malaysians.
‘Almost RM1 million missing’
Jamal alleged that there are at least seven of Kok’s constituents who have yet to receive the aid although Kok’s aide had already registered them. Some are still waiting 83 days after the death of a family member.
When contacted, Kok said: “I have made my statement yesterday. Ask him to show proof. All our records are with the District Office, I have nothing to fear”.
Jamal also claimed that Ng withdrew RM980,000 of Yawas funds but did not distribute it to recipients.
Ng denies the claim.
“The fund is doing very well, some might have received it later but they did receive it eventually, unless the recipients did not come and claim the aid,” Ng said.
Jamal said the PKR politician withdrew almost RM100,000 in cash but failed to disburse it, while the unnamed assemblyperson allegedly used Yawas funds for a family wedding.
He had earlier exposed that Yawas’ general manager Kamsani Nasir had been declared bankrupt. In response, Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali said a probe is underway.
He also claimed they have not conducted regular board meetings, breaching Registrar of Societies regulations.
The Umno grassroots leader, however, was ticked off by the Selangor sultan after he brought more than dozen hearses with empty coffins to the Selangor state legislative assembly to protest alleged mismanagement of the funeral aid.