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Published: Saturday July 4, 2015 MYT 6:24:00 PM
Updated: Saturday July 4, 2015 MYT 6:27:16 PM

Severance payments made in good faith, claim Khalid’s former aides

PETALING JAYA: The severance payments to eight former aides of Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim were made in good faith and with the approval of Menteri Besar Incorporated (MBI).

The eight former aides – Faekah Husin, Rohany Talib, Arfa’eza Abdul Aziz, Mustapha Mohd Talib, Rahimah Kamarudin, Dr Sulaiman Masri, Abdul Halim Mohamed Yusof and Tuan Nazuri Tuan Ismail – claim that the severance package was part of a voluntary separation scheme (VSS) that was paid to them as a result of a change in the Selangor administration.

The former aides are being sued by MBI for failing to return the RM2.7mil they received before the former Selangor Mentri Besar left office last year.

In the defendants’ statement of defence filed on Friday, they claimed to have received only a three-day notice given through termination letters dated Sept 20, 2014.

Because of the short notice, the defendants were compensated with a three-month salary, apart from the VSS payments.

The eight also denied that payments were ever concealed or hidden from the plaintiff and contended that there was no legal basis for a refund.

They are seeking for the dismissal of the claim with costs.

On May 11, MBI sued Khalid’s former aides over the severance package, claiming that it had not been done according to procedure.

MBI claimed Faekah had received the most in severance payments, totalling RM695,400.

This is followed by Rohany (RM524,400), Arfa’eza (RM478,935), Mustapha (RM265,320), Rahimah (RM265,650), Dr Sulaiman (RM182,385), Abdul Halim (RM186,300) and Tuan Nazuri (RM115,200).

The defendants are represented by lawyer Edmund Bon. 

PKR sacked Khalid in August last year after his refusal to step down from his position to make way for party president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

The crisis ended when the Selangor Sultan appointed PKR deputy president Azmin Ali as the new menteri besar in September.

Tags / Keywords: Khalid Ibrahim, Mentri Besar, Selangor, aides, severance payments, MBI

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