KUALA TERENGGANU: Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has expressed surprise over reports that a bankrupt is keeping his post as district council secretary in Malacca, saying that he will query the Chief Minister.
“How is this possible? The CM says it is okay. Let me ask him about it,” he said.
The Prime Minister said a bankrupt was normally not allowed to hold public office.
It was reported yesterday that Abdul Manaf Jaffar's contract with the Jasin District Council was renewed in December last year although he was declared a bankrupt three months earlier.
He had stood as guarantor for a company that failed to settle RM2mil in debts.
The state knew about the case and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam was quoted as saying that there was nothing wrong for a bankrupt to hold the post as no rules had been broken.
He said the Official Assignee did not state that Abdul Manaf was not allowed to have the job.
Abdul Manaf, when contacted on Saturday, said he had complied with rules set by the Official Assignee, which had given him the approval to work.
“I am also a victim in this case as I was cheated as well,” he said, adding that he still needed to earn a living.
On another matter, Abdullah said the image of Islam would be tarnished if it was true that Islamic militants were behind the car bombs that shattered two synagogues in Istanbul on Saturday.
“It is wrong for Muslims to attack places of worship of other religions since Islam respects all religions.”
“Even if followers of other religions commit acts which make us (Muslims) angry, it is not an act which is approved by all the followers of the religion,” he said.
Abdullah said Malaysia was a good example of how Islam respects all religions.
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