PETALING JAYA: Umno Youth has reiterated its call to the Perikatan Nasional government to set up a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) into claims of misconduct and irregularities involving Tabung Haji.
Its chief, Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki, said an RCI into the matter would reveal if the accusations made by the previous government were true.
He said none of the accusations were brought to court, adding that an RCI could probe claims that 76.2% of TH Plantations’ estates were sold below market prices.
“This doesn’t include Tabung Haji’s real estate assets worth RM10 billion, which have been sold to Urusharta Jemaah Sdn Bhd, a company belonging to the finance ministry,” he said in a statement today.
“These assets include the TRX land worth RM400 million and hotels across Malaysia, which have been contributing a lot to Tabung Haji’s earnings.”
Asyraf was commenting on a statement by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Zulkifli Mohamad in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday that the ministry would consider forming a special task force to probe the matter if there was a need.
Asyraf said before Pakatan Harapan (PH) was in government, Tabung Haji had never failed to realise its goals, which were to manage the needs and welfare of haj pilgrims as well as stimulate the Muslim community’s economy.
He said its excellent yearly financial performance allowed depositors to give dividends, which were on average not less than 6.25% after deducting 2.5% for zakat.
“Umno Youth urges the government to review its decision not to set up an RCI,” he said, adding that the RCI would put an end to the allegations.
“It will also restore the confidence of more than 9.3 million depositors and investors in this leading Muslim institution.”