MPs call for RCI on alleged Tabung Haji mismanagement

The previous management of Lembaga Tabung Haji has been accused of mismanagement.

KUALA LUMPUR: Several MPs have suggested a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) to investigate allegations of misconduct by Lembaga Tabung Haji’s (TH) previous management.

The proposal was put forward by Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim (PN-Baling), who is also a former chairman of TH, when he stood to interrupt opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim (PH-Port Dickson) during the debate on the motion of thanks to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for the royal address.

Azeez said the proposal for the inquiry had been made during the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration to investigate and get to the bottom of the allegations against the Islamic financial institution set up to facilitate the haj pilgrimage.

Anwar did not reject the proposal in his response and asked Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to consider setting up the RCI.

“This may calm down the situation as it has created a lot of heated discussion and is a burden to the people who are sincerely trying to perform the haj obligation,” he said.

He also asked the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Islamic Affairs to provide some views and explanation on the alleged mismanagement of TH, which holds trust funds for Muslims and the Malays.

Earlier, Ahmad Maslan (PN-Pontian) also questioned TH’s lack of financial reporting during PH’s rule in 2018 and 2019.

He said failure to present the report to Parliament violated the Statutory Bodies (Accounts and Annual Report) Act 1980.

“Why is it that until today, the financial reports for TH for two consecutive years during PH’s rule in 2018 and 2019 have not been released and tabled in Parliament? Is TH’s annual report audited?

“Barisan Nasional had never failed to present its audited financial report every year which ends in December. How can the ‘hibah’ (dividend) be announced when the account is not audited?” he asked.

The Dewan Rakyat sits again tomorrow morning.

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