PETALING JAYA: Two Pakatan Harapan politicians have called for action in a corruption controversy involving the allocation of Ramadan bazaar trading lots in Jalan Masjid India in Kuala Lumpur.
DAP veteran Fong Kui Lun, MP for Bukit Bintang, said he intends to take legal action against PPBM Youth member Mohd Noorhisyam Abd Karim after Fong was tarred by allegations that his name had been misused in providing a letter of support to Noorhisyam.
The leader of PPBM Youth, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, has urged the police and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to get to the bottom of allegations that Noorhisyam had collected about RM5,000 rent for each of the 80 lots.
Noorhisyam is reported to have denied taking money from the traders and was quoted as saying that the only funds he collected were to pay for City Hall’s RM6,238 fee.
Fong, who is currently overseas, told FMT he would be back in Malaysia in three days, but has spoken to his lawyers to look into the matter. A report has also been lodged with MACC on his behalf.
“My name may have been used (for wrong reasons). The allegations against me are not true. It is a false allegation,” he said.
He acknowledged that he had issued a letter of support to Noorhisyam’s application to set up stalls in the popular shopping area of Masjid India during Ramadan.
City Hall’s licensing director Anwar Mohd Zain was reported to have said that he had refused Noorhisyam’s application but reversed his decision after receiving Fong’s letter of support.
Fong said today he had merely wanted to help traders who didn’t have a licence to set up stalls.
Syed Saddiq: Avoid corruption
Syed Saddiq urged the police and the anti-graft body to get to the bottom of the corruption allegations.
“We do not want to be tainted by any wrongdoings. Our stance in PPBM Youth is if there is any wrongdoing, even if it is by our friends or family members, we must speak up and report it. Let justice take its course,” he told FMT.
Syed Saddiq said he had contacted the traders involved to lodge a police report.
PPBM Youth had also lodged a report and called for action.
He said he would not tolerate PPBM Youth members abusing their power for monetary gains.