DAP rep refutes funds misuse allegation by Jamal Yunos

Yeo-Bee-Yin

PETALING JAYA: A DAP assemblywoman in Selangor has denied allegations made by Jamal Mohd Yunos that funds from the state’s Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor (Yawas) organisation were misappropriated.

Damansara Utama rep Yeo Bee Yin today produced 10 thick files filled with documents on payments related to the Senior Citizens Friendly Scheme under Yawas.

“Jamal has challenged me to provide evidence to deny the slander. Here is the proof,” she said at a press conference here.

“We are open, transparent and do not want anything to be concealed. Not only can we show the accounts, we can also produce receipts for all payments,” she said.

On March 14, Jamal, the Sungai Besar Umno chief, alleged that politicians from the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor had taken funds meant for welfare from Yawas instead of disbursing the money to eligible recipients.

He identified DAP’s Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, DAP’s Sekinchan assemblyman Ng Suee Lim and a PKR rep whom he did not name as the alleged culprits.

Jamal also showed reporters a list of people whom he said were supposed to receive the funds but did not.

Yeo said the document presented by Jamal was related to the land and district office.

Explaining that it dealt with the state’s contribution to beneficiaries of senior citizens who have passed away, she said the last column showed when the document was returned to the office after the funds had been given away, with receipts signed by the beneficiaries and their identity card numbers recorded.

Jamal had yesterday lodged a police report against Yeo, alleging she was involved in misusing the funds.

He alleged Yeo had taken money allocated for welfare although no one had passed away. He added that he also had information from beneficiaries who did not get their due allocation.

Yeo suggested it was no coincidence that Jamal’s action in lodging the report came soon after she had questioned the prime minister’s wife Rosmah Mansor’s role as patron of Permata, the early childhood development agency which is under the prime minister’s department.

“I had last week asked Rosmah to step down from her position as Permata patron and now I have become a target of Jamal.

“Is there anyone behind Jamal who is disturbing me so that I stop raising the Permata issue? Is this a tactic to divert public attention from Permata?” she asked.

Before this Jamal had also targetted Teresa Kok on Yawas, alleging that she had misappropriated RM2 million that should have been used for the senior citizens fund.

Kok denied the allegation, saying as an MP in Kuala Lumpur she was responsible to distribute the funds to qualified Selangorians who lived there.

She was reported to have said that she was considering taking legal action against Jamal over the matter.