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Go work for DAP if you vote Harapan, Yapeim staff warned in pre-GE14 speech

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Modified 16 May 2019, 7:07 am

A video has surfaced allegedly showing a senior officer from Islamic Economic Development Foundation (Yapeim) warning employees not to vote for Pakatan Harapan in the run-up to the 14th general election (GE14).

The two-minute video, which is being circulated on social media, shows an officer purportedly telling Yapeim employees that he will check their votes “one by one”.

“I know there are those among you who choose Pakatan Harapan,” said the man in the video, clad in a blue batik shirt, standing behind a podium.

The crowd laughed and some of them could be heard saying “Undi itu rahsia” (Our votes are secret).

“Yes, it is secret, but I will check one by one.

“I will go to the Election Commission (EC)... and I will check one by one where you vote and what you voted for.

“If you vote for Pakatan Harapan, you are not qualified to work in Yapeim. Go find work with DAP,” the man said.

At this, the crowd, which had been laughing earlier, fell silent.

The video then cut to another part of what appears to be the same speech, where the man said if the government were to change, those in Yapeim would also be replaced.

“I am confirmed to be gone if the government changes.

“Those in front of you right now will all be gone.

Balik kampung, tanam kangkung (Go back to your village and plant kangkung),” the man said.

This video came on the heels of Yapeim acknowledging the possibility of wrongdoing and negligence by its previous management.

Mohd Daud Bakar, who chairs Yapeim's new board of trustees, said that this was found in an internal probe and an external audit conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Malaysia.

It was earlier reported that RM1 million in aid for orphans entrusted to Yapeim was allegedly misused in 2017 to settle the legal fees of a lawyer, who was also an aide to then-prime minister Najib Abdul Razak.

However, the foundation later brushed off the allegations, saying the legal fees were much lower than the reported RM1 million, and were taken from its general (am) fund, and not its charity (amal jariah) fund.

The foundation is also reported to have suffered losses amounting to RM12 million through a gold pawn scheme involving 1,000 customers of its business wing Ar-Rahnu.

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