Mujahid vows action if allegations against ex-Tabung Haji officials true


De facto Islamic affairs minister Mujahid Yusof Rawa has vowed action if allegations of misappropriation and misconduct levied against former Tabung Haji top officials are true.

"The government will not compromise on anyone found to have misappropriated funds, especially if it involves public money.

"If those involved are found guilty, they must be brought to justice to restore public confidence in Tabung Haji," Mujahid said in a statement today.

Yesterday the Tabung Haji board lodged a police report against the agency’s former chairperson and Baling MP Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim.

Reports were also lodged against former TH CEOs Ismee Ismail and Johan Abdullah, as well as chief operating officer Adi Azuan Abdul Ghani, chief financial officer Rozaida Omar, legal adviser Hazlina Mohd Khalid and senior general manager for corporate services and real estate Rifina Mohd Ariff.

The first report relates to the alleged misuse of RM22 million for political activities. The fund was meant for the Yayasan Tabung Haji (YTH) which was established in 2016 for humanitarian efforts and welfare activities, among others.

The second police report was aimed squarely at Ismee, Hazlina and Rifina over the disposal of a 95 percent stake in PT TH Indo Plantations.

The stake was initially held by two TH subsidiaries – TH Indopalms Sdn Bhd and TH Indo Industries Sdn Bhd.

Meanwhile, Bersatu Youth information chief Ulya Aqamah Husamudin questioned whether Umno Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki - who was formerly deputy Islamic affairs minister - was aware of the alleged misconduct in Tabung Haji.

"He was responsible for ensuring Islamic affairs were protected. Why did he let this happen and keep silent?" Ulya Aqamah said.

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