Police to investigate over reports against NOW, Yapeim

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have opened up investigations following a report filed against National Oversight and Whistleblower (NOW) director Akmal Nasir.

The report was lodged by Malaysian Islamic Economic Development Foundation (Yapeim) director-general  Datuk Abdullah Samsudin over allegations that a Federal Minister misappropriated funds from the foundation.

The report filed at the Dang Wangi police station on Wednesday also claimed that the documents used by Akmal may have been "unlawfully obtained".

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said police have started investigating over the report, which claimed that the documents were stolen or unlawfully obtained and misused for the purpose of publicising slanderous, defamatory and untrue statements with malicious intent to discredit the reputation of Yapeim with trumped-up statements and questions.

"We will also investigate over the report lodged against Yapeim," Khalid told reporters at Bukit Aman on Sunday.

"We have not carried out any arrests yet, as investigations are still at the preliminary stage," he added.

NOW earlier claimed that Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, who is the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of religious affairs, had misused Yapeim funds to go shopping and play golf in the United States last year.

Jamil Khir has since denied the allegations, stressing that it was not a recreational trip.

He had explained that the trip was organised by Yapeim with the help of the Malaysian Embassy in the United States and Education Malaysia in Chicago in conjunction with the launch of the Midwest Games there.

Akmal had previously lodged a police report against Yapeim on the alleged misuse of the funds.