Return cash, Khir's wife told

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  • Sunday, 27 Apr 2008

SHAH ALAM: Give back the RM9.9mil, withdraw the application to dissolve the Wives ofSelangor Assemblymen and MPs Welfare and Charity Organisation (Balkis) and the matter is settled.

This is Selangor Mentri Besar TanSri Khalid Ibrahim's offer to DatinSeri Zahrah Kechik who was theorganisation's head when she andthe other members decided to transferthe RM9.9mil from its coffersafter Barisan Nasional lost the stateduring the March general election.

Open call: Salbiah (seated centre) speaking to the press, accompanied by (seated from left) deputy stateSpeaker Haniza Talha and state exco members Rodziah Ismail, Kok and Elizabeth Wong. Standing areassemblyman for Rawang Gan Pei Nei and Ampang MP Zuraida Kamarudin.

The group also decided to dissolvethe organisation.

Khalid said his offer was the bestsolution to resolve the controversy.

“If not, the state will pursue thematter because the people want usto be correct. If there has been misconduct,then justice will take itscourse,” he told reporters yesterday.

The issue blew up when it wasrevealed that Balkis, lead by Zahrah,who is the wife of former MentriBesar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo,transferred RM9.9mil to theAssociation of Wives of Ministersand Deputy Ministers (Bakti) threedays after the state fell to PakatanRakyat.

Zahrah said she had had legaladvice on the matter and did it toprevent the funds from falling intothe hands of the new government.

Khir was quoted as saying theywere worried that the money, whichwas raised for the welfare of children,would not be used for the correctpurpose.

In an immediate response yesterday,Zahrah said the current stategovernment should contact Baktisince the RM9.9mil was in its hands.As for revoking the dissolution ofBalkis, she said the state governmentcould pursue the matter with theRegistrar of Societies (ROS).

“Every step of the way, from holdingthe emergency meeting onMarch 11 to transferring the moneyto Bakti as a donation, we sought theadvice of our lawyers because wewanted to be legally correct in whatwe did,” said Zahrah.

Dr Khir said Zahrah and Balkiswere open to any investigation bythe Anti-Corruption Agency, the ROSor any other party because “theyhave nothing to hide”.

“It is not as if Zahrah planned thewhole thing. On March 11, when sheheld the emergency meeting, it wasthe members who called for Balkisto be dissolved.

“It was also the members whounanimously decided for theRM9.9mil to be donated to Bakti,” hesaid.

Earlier yesterday, Khalid’s wifePuan Sri Salbiah Tunut said sheshould be Balkis president as shewas the Mentri Besar’s wife.

“We are ready to continue withthe good work of Balkis for singlemothers, underprivileged childrenand other needy groups,” she saidduring a press conference at theMentri Besar’s official residence inSection 7 here.

She also questioned the legality ofZahrah's actions.

Selangor executive councillorTeresa Kok said there was suspicionthat the emergency meeting onMarch 11 was not conducted legally.

Earlier Stories:‘RM9.9mil belongs to Balkis’ Selangor Government to seek legal advice on Balkis affair Did Balkis have the right to move out the RM9.9m?

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