Thursday, February 12, 2009

MACC report filed against new MB

Barely a week into the job, a report has been filed against Perak Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

The report was filed in Ipoh by DAP leaders who accused the menteri besar of abusing his power to appoint three advisers with the status of executive councillors.According to DAP state secretary Nga Kor Ming, the advisers would be entitled to a salary of RM250,000 per annum."There are no provisions in the Perak state constitution to allow for such appointments and this is the people's money," he told reporters after lodging the report.

Also present was DAP state chief Ngeh Koo Ham and some 20 party supporters.Yesterday, Zambry appointed three advisers and a state information chief. The four will receive perks similar to those received by state executive councillors.They are Mohd Najumuddin Elies in charge of Muslim affairs, Chang Ko Youn (Chinese community affairs), S Veerasingam (Indian community affairs), and Hamdi Abu Bakar (state information chief).Chang, who is Gerakan deputy chairperson and Veerasingam, who is also MIC vice-president, were defeated in the Beruas parliamentary seat and Sungkai state seat respectively in the last general election.