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DAP lodges corruption report against Zambry

IPOH, 12 Feb 2009: The DAP today lodged a report with the Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on the appointment of three advisers to the Perak Menteri Besar by Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir.

Perak DAP secretary Nga Kor Ming said the appointment was without the approval of the state executive council and contravened the state constitution.

“Datuk Zambry’s move in making the appointment was clearly and obviously a form of power abuse and a form of political corruption to enrich Barisan Nasional leaders who had been rejected by the people in the 12th general election,” he told reporters at the MACC office compound here.

He said no posts with executive councillor (exco)-status could be created unless provided for by the state constitution, and no individuals except members of the state legislative assembly were eligible to be appointed as state excos.

“Bear in mind that without a motion in the Perak state assembly against the legitimate Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Nizar Jamaluddin, all actions by Zambry which bring financial implications to the state government are void and can be viewed as a form of abuse and abuse of power,” he said.

Yesterday, Zambry announced the appointment of three advisers to the Perak Menteri Besar — Datuk Chang Ko Youn (Chinese Community Affairs), Datuk S Veerasingam (Indian Community Affairs) and Datuk Mohd Najmuddin Elias (Islamic Affairs) — and Datuk Hamdi Abu Bakar as state Information Chief.

Nga said they would receive all the remunerations, including the salary and privileges, of a state exco, estimated at nearly RM1 million.

He said Zambry’s announcement was a betrayal against the royal institution in Perak because all exco-status appointments required Sultan Azlan Shah’s consent and conferment of credentials.

MACC director Bahari Mohd Zain, when contacted, said the commission received the report by a political party representative at 11.15am. He did not want to elaborate. — Bernama

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