Deputy minister pledges no hanky-panky with orphan charity funds

Deputy Minister Fuziah Salleh says Yapeim funds are being audited and she will ensure all funds are solely used for the orphans.

KUANTAN: Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Fuziah Salleh today confirmed that leading accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has gone through the books of the Malaysian Islamic Economic Development Foundation (Yapeim).

However, she said the decision whether to make the findings public will be left to Yapeim’s board of directors.

“I am not going to comment on how Yapeim funds were utilised by the old government as we have already appointed an audit firm (to go through the books).

“However, under Pakatan Harapan, we are determined to ensure transparency.

“I will personally see to this so that all funds are solely meant for the orphans and that Yapeim is run in the most transparent manner,” she said.

Fuziah, who is Kuantan MP, was speaking to newsmen after opening the Kembara Rahmah Nur Ramadan 2019 and handing over aid at the Pak Mahat people’s housing project here today.

Fuziah was commenting on a report by a news portal that alleged that some RM1 million in Yapeim funds had been used in 2017 to pay the legal fees of a lawyer, who also happened to be an aide to former prime minister Najib Razak.

Najib, however, denied this allegation on his Facebook page.

Fuziah said the question of legal action being taken to recover the funds allegedly misappropriated will depend on the outcome of Najib’s ongoing trial.

“Let the law take its course and the audit, too, has already been carried out. I prefer not to comment about things that have already happened as this is not only about Yapeim funds. There are the Tabung
Haji and Felda funds as well.

“The spotlight should not just be on just a single agency as there are other funds belonging to the people that have been misused as well,” she said.