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College CEO challenges suspension for reporting corruption

 | January 4, 2016

CEO Dr Syed Omar Syed Agil gets suspended after reporting the college's questionable financial decisions and activities to the authorities.

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PETALING JAYA: The CEO of a college majority-owned by the Federal Territories Islamic Council (MAIWP) is contesting his suspension after reporting corruption in the institution, Malay Mail Online reported today.

Dr Syed Omar Syed Agil, CEO of Baitulmal Professional Institute (IPB) which is 70 per cent owned by MAIWP, said he was issued a show cause letter on September 29, last year, following a raid by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) at the college earlier the same day.

In his affidavit to support his interim injunction which was sighted by the portal, Syed Omar said he noticed “questionable financial decisions and activities” a year after his employment.

He suspected these decisions and activities, alongside the conduct of his fellow employees and said these led him to raise the issue within the college and to the MACC and police.

More documents sighted by the portal revealed that the MACC could not conduct a search and seizure as the relevant IPB officer was on medical leave and could only hand over the warrant to Syed Omar.

Syed Omar said he believed IPB had become aware of his whistleblowing activities after he sent an email to “a number of” IPB officers or employees requesting their attendance at MACC’s office the next day.

On October 6, The IPB informed him that disciplinary action would be taken against him and that he would face suspension from October 7.

According to the report, the police confirmed investigating Syed Omar’s complaint under Section 409 of the Penal Code for criminal breach of trust by a public servant.


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