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Rafizi: New Tabung Haji CEO should be confirmed by Parliament
Published:  Apr 26, 2016 7:59 AM
Updated: 8:02 AM

PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli has said the new Tabung Haji chief executive officer (CEO) should be confirmed by Parliament.

He said this following a report by The Edge Financial Daily which stated that Tabung Haji's current CEO Ismee Ismail is set to resign.

Rafizi said the scheduled resignation was proof that his previous expose against Tabung Haji held water and urged the new CEO to conduct a thorough audit of the pilgrimage fund and the outcome should be tabled as a White Paper in Parliament.

"The new CEO should be short-listed and chosen externally so that he can act objectively in evaluating the current problems.

"The CEO candidate should go through a vetting process by a special parliamentary committee which will be responsible for conducting a confirmation hearing to ensure he is truly suitable," he said in a statement today.

Rafizi said he would raise this in a motion at the coming Parliament sitting.

He also urged the incoming Tabung Haji management to scrutinise all the issues he had raised previously and provide a thorough explanation to the public.

"As the issues I raised have been proven true, it will be appropriate for Tabung Haji to retract its police report against me and drop the criminal case in favour of a suit in the civil courts if the issues I raised were indeed defamatory to Tabung Haji," he said.

Rafizi noted that Ismee is also a member of the board of directors in the controversial 1MDB and might also become a subject of investigation.

As such, he urged the government not to appoint Ismee to any government-linked entities in the interim, including the number two spot in Sime Darby.

Rafizi had previously claimed that Tabung Haji was engaged in risky investments including a RM1 billion guarantee to a trouble associate company.

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