NGO and think-tank plan anti-graft campaign in Pekan

Seated from left, Hisbah Centre for Reform’s Ezam Mohd Nor and Anak’s Mazlan Aliman sign the Memorandum of Understanding on their collaboration to combat graft.

KUALA LUMPUR: Anak, an NGO linked to Amanah will collaborate with the Hisbah Centre for Reform, a think-tank led by former senator Ezam Mohd Noor, on an anti-graft campaign in the parliamentary constituency of Pekan.

Anak president Mazlan Aliman said the campaign aims to raise awareness among locals on combatting alleged abuse of power and corrupt practices in the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda).

“Anak alone is not strong enough to expose the wrongdoings by Felda officers. With Datuk Ezam’s Hisbah joining us to fight corruption, we are able to tackle the issue better,” he told a press conference at the Amanah headquarters here today.

He said Pekan has been chosen as its MP is prime minister Najib Razak.

“We picked Pekan to kickstart our programme because the prime minister is the one responsible for Felda,” he said.

Also present were Ezam, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu, its communications director Khalid Samad, secretary-general Mohd Anuar Tahir and former Umno Batu Kawan deputy chief Khairuddin Abu Hassan.

Najib has held Pekan since winning a by-election there at the age of 23 in 1976, with the exception of a term between the general elections of 1982 and 1986 when he became the Pahang menteri besar after winning the Bandar Pekan state seat.

The parliamentary seat was previously held by his father Abdul Razak Hussein from 1959 till his death in office as prime minister in 1976.

Ezam said he chose to join forces with Anak because the opposition NGO has been committed towards fighting graft.

“Felda is a Malay institution, and this is an important issue for the community as many abuses have taken place in the agency,” he said.

Ezam, who is currently Parti Bebas Rasuah president, also alleged that Felda funds will be used for the upcoming 14th general election (GE14).

“Felda’s money was also used in the Sarawak state elections last year,” he claimed.

On Feb 12, Felda’s new chairman Shahrir Abdul Samad was quoted by Sinar Harian as saying that around RM200 million of the agency’s funds were improperly spent.

Pointing to the auditor-general’s report on the matter, he said various things were done without approval, and without following protocols set by the agency.

The former Umno minister also questioned what happened to billions of ringgit in proceeds from subsidiary Felda Global Ventures’ initial public offering.

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