21 May 2019
PETALING JAYA: The Islamic Economic Development Foundation (Yapeim) has suspended its director-general, Datuk Abibullah Samsudin, amid investigations into alleged misconduct.
Yapeim chairman Mohd Daud Bakar said that an investigation would be conducted over a video of Abibullah allegedly “warning” Yapeim staff against voting for Pakatan Harapan before the 2018 General Election.
“During his suspension, the investigation committee will ask him to attend (the hearing) to give a statement and assist the investigation,” said Mohd Daud.
The video, which was reportedly discovered during an external audit in 2018, showed a man, believed to be Abibullah, saying that those who vote for Pakatan are “not qualified to work for Yapeim”.
“I know there are those among you who choose Pakatan Harapan.
“Yes, it is secret but … I will go to the Election Commission (EC) and I will check one by one where you voted and who you voted for.
“If you vote for Pakatan Harapan, you are not qualified to work in Yapeim. Go find work with DAP,” said the man in the video.
It was reported in May 2018 that PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil had lodged a police report over the video.
“I request the police to investigate and confirm whether the individual in the video was Abibullah,” said Fahmi.
He urged the police to investigate the matter immediately, as it “involves the status, image and dignity of a civil servant and government agency”.
Mohd Daud said that Yapeim director Parihah Hasan would be appointed as acting director-general during Abibullah’s suspension.
18 May 2019
PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil has lodged a police report against a video purportedly 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).
“I’m lodging this report to verify whether or not the man depicted in the video is indeed Yapeim director-general Abibullah Samsudin.
“If what was mentioned in the video is true, I urge the police to probe the matter under Section 503 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation and Section 9(1) of the Election Offences Act 1954 for exerting undue influence,” the Lembah Pantai MP told reporters outside the Pantai police station today.
When met, Fahmi had taken a brief break from his meeting with the police, to talk to the media.
Any action to be taken against Yayasan Pembangunan Ekonomi Islam Malaysia (Yapeim) director-general Abibullah Samsudin will be decided by the foundation’s board, said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Fuziah Salleh.
The Kuantan MP said this was in line with the Pakatan Harapan administration’s stand which held that the “buck stops with the board”.
“I believe they will take the appropriate action and am confident that the chairperson (of the foundation) will be making a statement on this soon,” she told reporters after attending a Ramadan event organised for the Rumah Permata Al-Insyirah orphanage at Kompleks Dagangan Mahkota in Kuantan today.
She was asked about PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil lodging a police report today about a viral video allegedly showing Abibullah trying to influence Yapeim staff on how they should vote in the 14th general election.
16 May 2019
PETALING JAYA: A top officer of the Islamic Economic Development Foundation (Yapeim) who openly urged his staff not to vote for Pakatan Harapan (PH) in last year’s general election is still helming the government agency.
Yapeim chairman Mohd Daud Bakar confirmed to FMT that the man seen in a viral clip warning Yapeim staff against voting for PH is current director-general Abibullah Samsudin.
Daud also said that it was an “old video”.
At press time, Abibullah could not be reached for comment.
But his Facebook page has seen posts urging him to resign, a day after the clip showing him speaking to Yapeim staff was shared online by a religious preacher attached with PPBM, Abu Hafiz Salleh Hudin.
“You’re not fit to lead Yapeim. Please resign,” said one post, while another asked: “Muka tebal ke tu?” (Is that your thick-skinned face?)
The revelation of the video comes hot on the heels of allegations of financial mismanagement in Yapeim, including one involving RM1 million meant for orphans that was allegedly used by Yapeim to pay its legal fees.
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.