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Independent panel to probe AIMST accounts

KUALA LUMPUR, 19 Jan 2009: MIC’s Maju Institute for Education Development (MIED) directors are expected to endorse the appointment of an independent panel to investigate the award of contracts for the party’s Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology (AIMST)

The decision is expected to be made at the MIED board meeting here at the party’s headquarters tomorrow, sources revealed.

The agenda for the meeting is to appoint the independent body to investigate AIMST’s accounts, especially in the light of the cost of building the institute in Semeling, Kedah, having risen to more than RM500 million from an estimated RM230 million.

The institute started operations about a year ago.

Early this month, the MIED board of directors appointed a panel comprising former MIC vice-president and ex-treasurer-general Tan Sri KS Nijhar, deputy president Datuk G Palanivel and disciplinary committee head Tan Sri G Vadiveloo to probe the awarding of the AIMST contracts.

However, the sources said, the MIED directors now preferred an independent panel because the three MIC leaders might be biased towards certain personalities in the party. — Bernama


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