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Police report lodged over Tabung Haji-Guan Eng social media posts
Published:  Feb 20, 2020 4:36 AM
Updated: 5:14 AM

The police have been urged to investigate social media posts which alleged that Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng had chaired a meeting in relations to pilgrimage fund Tabung Haji.

In a statement, the Islamic Affairs Minister's office said one of its officers lodged the police report yesterday.

"The spread of the photograph (through social media) is a deliberate attempt to spread religious and racial hatred," read the statement released yesterday.

The Islamic Affairs Minister's office said the photograph used in the social media posts depicted a visit by its minister Mujahid Yusof Rawa (above) and Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) officials on Feb 18 last year.

"(They were) explaining the rahmatan lil 'alamin movement (to Lim) which is promoted by the administration of Islam today.

"We wish to stress that according to the Tabung Haji Act 1995, the minister in charge of Tabung Haji is the Islamic affairs minister, not the finance minister," the statement added.

In view of this, the Islamic Affairs Minister's office urged the public not to spread fake news alleging that Lim (below) chaired the meeting.

Yesterday, Mujahid had shared proof that the photographs did, in fact, depict a meeting that happened in 2019.

The spread of the photograph followed the revelation that Tabung Haji was relinquishing TH Hotel and Residences Sdn Bhd, which operated four syariah-compliant hotels, to another government-owned company known as Urusan Jemaah Property Management Sdn Bhd (UJPM) as part of a restructuring scheme.

This is part of a bigger effort to transfer 29 properties and one company with a value of RM9.63 billion to UJPM.

In 2018, Mujahid said a review of Tabung Haji's finances revealed that the fund has been paying dividends (hibah) since 2014 despite the value of its assets being lower than liabilities.

Mujahid said this was in violation of the Tabung Haji Act 1995.

As part of the review, the government had commissioned independent audit firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to review Tabung Haji's financial position review for 2017 and tabled the information in Parliament.

It was found that for 2017, dividends were paid out using depositors' money through two deals to give the impression that these dividends came from profits.

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