PETALING JAYA: A deputy minister has ruled out taking action against the director-general of the Islamic Economic Development Foundation (Yapeim) following a video clip showing him warning staff not to vote for Pakatan Harapan (PH) in last year’s general election.
Fuziah Salleh said the government cannot take retrospective action against Abibullah Samsudin or other civil servants over their political loyalty prior to the May 9 change of government last year.
“We have to be fair to them and give them a chance to prove themselves in terms of performance. We cannot punish them for not being loyal to PH before,” said Fuziah, the deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.
PPBM member Abu Hafiz Salleh Hudin earlier shared the clip showing Abibullah warning the agency’s staff against voting for PH.
“If there are those who vote for Pakatan Harapan, you are not fit to work in Yapeim,” he was heard saying.
Yapeim chairman Mohd Daud Bakar today confirmed that the man was Abibullah.
The revelation of the video comes hot on the heels of allegations of financial mismanagement in Yapeim, including one involving RM1 million meant for orphans that were allegedly used by Yapeim to pay its legal fees.
Fuziah said under the PH government, civil servants are free to support any political party.
“We do not expect people to campaign for us, but at work, we expect them to be professionals,” she said.
She said Abibullah would be evaluated solely on his performance.
“Should there be any action taken against any civil servant, be it in Yapeim or any other agency, it will be based on their work performance and not political inclinations.”
Abibullah was appointed as D-G in 2014.