Friday, March 27, 2009

Zaharah Kechik Sdn Bhd

Shocking. The Malay Mail (e.g. March 26, p 3) and The Malaysian Insider (e.g. March 24, 25) have been reporting the scandalous excesses of Balkis (Wives of Selangor Elected Representatives Charity and Welfare Organization). As a Selangor resident, I am fuming. I am galled. I am really pissed off. Nearly a million ringgit spent on four dinners? Disgraceful. RM25,000 on chocolates? Nauseating. RM207,000 for “souvenirs” from China consisting of artificial flowers and 2,700 hats? Loathsome. RM14,900 to pay for business class air travel in 2007 for the former Menteri Besar’s wife (Zaharah Kechik, wife of Mohd Khir Toyo) to visit her son privately in Melbourne (and who was accompanied by Permodalan Negeri Selangor Berhad CEO, Khairiyah Abu Hassan)? Disgusting. A new RM3,600 suit for then PNSB chairman and MB Mohd Khir Toyo? Revolting. And the list goes on. In fact, Khairiyah had disclosed that it was a common practice for the state subsidiary to adhere to all “request” for funds from Balkis, which amounted to between almost RM500,000 to RM1.6 million, annually. Khairiyah (who was deputy CEO in 2002), also disclosed that it was “usual practice” for Balkis officials to make verbal requests for project funds, and it was not unusual for the payments to be made in cash.

Outrageous. And we all wonder why there is this massive erosion of public confidence in government at all levels: If mismanagement can occur in Selangor, they can occur anywhere and everywhere. If state-owned companies and public officials can permit abuses or they themselves engage in these misdeeds, then God help us! We have people who have no shame at all, these miscreants who use their public office and public money to enrich themselves and/or lead ostentatious lives of extravagant luxury! These people will surely find themselves to be reviled objects of undiluted public opprobrium. But I say, we should throw the book at them! Why is MACC slow to act?

On March 23, rural folks were introduced to tear gas and water cannons when a Pakatan Rakyat rally in Bukit Selambau, Kedah was forcibly ended by fascist forces (read, FRU). Surely, not a good way to endear yourself to the people?
I am sounding like a broken gramaphone record, but I did say that with crime so rampant these days - wouldn't it be better to deploy these FRU goons for crime duty instead of allowing them to take battle stations and intimidate the citizenry?

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