MACC must probe ex-MCA minister’s alleged abuse of funds

Anthony-LokeKUALA LUMPUR: DAP lawmakers today urged the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate former tourism minister Ng Yen Yen’s alleged unjustified expenditures.

Seremban MP Anthony Loke said this is in relation to expenses amounting to more than RM5.2 million that Ng had allegedly spent on several activities in the latter’s former constituency Raub, in Pahang.

Referring to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report on Ng’s former ministry, Loke said millions of ringgit were spent between Sept 2011 and Jan 2012 without any justification and this was a good enough reason to initiate a probe on the former MCA vice-president.

He also said what was stated in the report clearly showed that Ng had abused her ministerial powers by using allocations meant to develop areas with touristic potential, for activities in her own constituency instead.

“Even more shocking was the 2012 Chinese New Year dinner she had hosted in her constituency, which cost RM1.3 million,” he said in a press conference at the Parliament lobby here.

The current MP for Raub, DAP’s Mohd Ariff Sabri on the other hand said that the money spent was not reflected in terms of tourism development in the constituency.

“Raub is not seen as a tourist spot despite the RM5.2 million Ng spent there. It was just meant for political benefits as she wanted more projects in the constituency.”

Both Loke and Ariff then called for the ministry’s current head, Nazri Aziz, to provide to the Dewan Rakyat, an explanation on the matter.