Wednesday, January 27, 2010

PKR 'mouseketeers' prod MACC over Disney trips

Selangor PKR Youth members incensed over the alleged selective prosecution by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today voiced their grievances with a Walt Disney twist. NONEArmed with a miniature model of Disney World theme park and 'Mickey Hats', a group of PKR Youth members gathered in front of the Selangor MACC headquarters to remind them about the outstanding case. According to Selangor PKR Youth chief Khairul Anuar Ahmad Zainuddin, the movement is upset that the graft watchdog had failed to take action against former menteri besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo's for abusing state funds for family trips to Disneyland. On the contrary, the MACC appeared to be quick on their feet in investigating current Selangor elected representatives and their aides, he said. NONEIn place of the usual banners, the movement's messages were scribbled across the 'ears' of the 'Mickey Hats', which among others reads, 'Dr Khir visited me in Paris', 'It was a technical visit' and 'MACC, don't forget Mickey!'. Khairul Anuar said after the gathering, he and several other representatives held a meeting with Selangor MACC director Jaafar Mahad. "During the meeting, he said investigations were completed and a report has been sent to the senior federal counsel," he said. No details khir toyo and entourage overseas trip 010409According to Khairul, they were unable to find out exactly when the documents were submitted to the prosecutors. Khairul said that Selangor PKR Youth wants MACC to take this matter seriously because a large sum of taxpayers monies was involved. "We share the sentiments of all Malaysians in wanting the government to be more accountable," he added. In April last year, theDisneyland trips were exposed by Special Select Committee on Competence, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat). According Selcat investigations, state agencies spent RM1.6 million on two overseas trips which included a tour of Paris and Orlando Disneyland. The large entourage included members of Khir's family. The travel documents showed that there were never any technical meetings between the management of Disneyland and the so-called official delegation led by Khir.

Putrajaya pursuing case

At a press conference of his own later, Jaafar confirmed that the case has been referred to a senior federal counsel.

"I was told that the Putrajaya MACC had completed its investigations into the matter and (the findings) have been forwarded to its senior federal counsel.

"Now, the senior federal counsel would investigate the matter from all aspects under the law, based on the testimony given," said Jaafar, according to Bernama.

[Source : Malaysiakini]

Er, let's not forget the RM24m estate as well. The state government could lelong off the property and give the money to the poor, improve certain infrastructure in the state, etc.

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