GEORGE TOWN: Penang Barisan Nasional Youth has presented an ‘Oscar’ award to the state’s two local councils in its latest bid to get the state government to form an independent committee to probe the vanity awards fiasco.
Several leaders from the movement went to Komtar yesterday where they handed over a fake Oscar figurine to Penang Island City Council (MBPP) representative Hashim Johan.
They also handed over a press release calling for the setting up of the independent committee to Hashim.
The Youth leaders were Penang Gerakan Youth vice-chief H. Puvaniten, state MIC Youth deputy chief M. Sethu, Penang MCA Youth deputy secretary Ooi Teik Liang and state Gerakan Youth assistant treasurer Tan Chin Heong.
“We presented the press release to both councils to call for an independent committee to probe the awards fiasco involving the two councils,” Puvaniten said.
It was recently reported that MBPP (then MPPP) and the Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) were left red-faced after getting awards in 2013 and 2014 from the European Business Assembly (EBA) which two European NGOs accused of running a vanity awards scam.
In 2013, the then MPPP was given the Best Municipality Award while its president (later MBPP mayor and now retired) Datuk Patahiyah Ismail got the Best Municipal Manager Award from EBA.
A year later, MPSP got the Best City Award while its then president Datuk Maimunah Mohd Sharif won the Best Municipal Manager Award.
Maimunah, who is now MBPP mayor, had since apologised.
On July 29, she said MPPP and MPSP paid £4,400 (RM20,680) and £3,400 (RM18,408.10) respectively for the entry fees.
She also said EBA did not send any auditor or judge to review the performances of both councils.