MALACCA: A storm seems to be brewing here following allegations that a district council secretary is still keeping his post despite being declared a bankrupt a year ago.
And Jasin District Council president Mustadza Abu Bakar acknowledged that the state government was aware of the matter.
Yesterday, former Kota Melaka MP Lim Guan Eng held a press conference saying that Abdul Manaf Jaffar, 47, was still the Jasin district council secretary despite being declared bankrupt on Sept 11 last year.
The notice was published in Berita Harian on Nov 9 last year, he said.
Lim asked Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam to explain why Abdul Manaf, who is a former committee member of Jasin Umno, was still working for the council.
He said a DAP representative had asked about the matter during a State Assembly sitting, and that the state government's reply to the query reflected its knowledge about the case.
During the Nov 13 sitting, he said Durian Daun state assemblyman Betty Chew had asked the Chief Minister whether it was true that a senior officer in a district council had financial problems and was facing the risk of being declared a bankrupt.
She also asked whether the state government had monitored the case so that there would be no repeat of the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) problem.
(An enforcement chief of MPAJ was sacked in June for failing to declare his status as a bankrupt when he accepted his post earlier.)
Lim said the state government, in its reply to Chew, said a senior officer in Jasin district council was declared a bankrupt after becoming a guarantor for a company.
When contacted later, Mohd Ali said the official assignee had consented to Abdul Manaf keeping his job.
Jasin district council president Mustadza Abu Bakar said the state government was aware of the situation as the council had informed the state government after Abdul Manaf was declared bankrupt.
Abdul Manaf, when contacted over the telephone, admitted that he was declared bankrupt after the company, in which he stood as a guarantor, failed to settle debts amounting to RM2mil.
Abdul Manaf said the state government was aware that he was a bankrupt when his contract with the council was renewed on Dec 21, last year.
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