3 January 2019
In a new development of the Muar kickbacks scandal today, the district office said the 30 percent commission sought in the incident was a profit margin, and not bribe.
Muar district officer Haffiz Ahmad said contrary to an initial report on the matter, the individual who sought the commission was not an officer for Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.
Instead, Haffiz said the individual was a representative for an independent supply company appointed by the Muar district office to handle an MP’s office allocation warrant from the Johor Federal Development Office.
The warrant was to supply items to a Chinese school.
Haffiz said the school had mistaken the representative as being from the Muar MP’s office.
“Coincidentally, their discussions did not go smoothly as the school asked for items the value of which exceeded the allocation, while the company was unwilling to do the supply works as they would not get profit – a maximum of 30 percent – if they followed the school’s request,” he added.
He elaborated that the profit margin is up to the discretion of the supply company and the warrant recipient after all items are agreed to in accordance to procurement procedures.
PETALING JAYA: Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman says a police report will be lodged over allegations that a man posing as his assistant demanded a 30% commission from funds allocated for Chinese vernacular schools.
“I’ve asked my Muar office to lodge a police report so that the impersonator will be brought to justice,” he said in a statement today.
He was responding to reports by Chinese dailies which said a man claiming to be the aide to a lawmaker in Muar had requested for kickbacks.
Syed Saddiq, who is Muar MP, said investigations had shown that the man was not linked to his office.
He also thanked Sin Chew Daily and China Press for retracting their statements and amending the articles on the matter.
He said action would be taken against the man who had pretended to be his special officer.
The PPBM Youth chief also urged media outlets to check with him before publishing such news.
“Even though they did not name me, the constituency of Muar and I are already involved in the matter. Be fair in reporting.
“I entered politics to clean up politics. I will not forget this principle,” he said.
Diversion of 30 per cent or any percentage of school allocation for any political purpose is sheer corruption and not permitted Pakatan Harapan practice but belongs to Barisan Nasional era of the past, and must be exposed and rooted out and individuals concerned punished according to the law and sacked if he holds any political office
Since 7 pm yesterday, the Sin Chew street edition had carried a shocking front-page expose of compulsory diversion of 30 per cent of school allocations in Muar allegedly by a special officer of an elected representative.
The diversion of 30 per cent or any percentage of school allocation for any political purpose is sheer corruption and not permitted Pakatan Harapan practice but belongs to Barisan Nasional era of the past, and must be exposed and rooted out and the individuals concerned punished according to the law and sacked if he holds any political office.
There can be no compromise with such corrupt practices and those who are guilty of such corrupt practices, regardless of which Pakatan Harapan party they are from, must be prosecuted to the hilt without any mercy.
(Media Statement (2) by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, 3rd January 2019)
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