Tapem reports missing money

MELAKA: The senior management of the Melaka Education Trust Fund (Tapem) has briefed several key officers from the Chief Minister’s office on its missing funds, said general manager of the fund, Azrin Ab Majid.

A police report was lodged last week.

The case is also being investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

“I can’t divulge much. I will leave it to MACC to investigate,” Azrin said when contacted yesterday.

It is believed that about RM3.7mil had apparently disappeared from the trust fund set up to help Melaka students who face financial problems.

The case of the missing money is a setback for Melaka students, as Chief Minister Adly Zahari had often emphasised giving aid to deserving students especially those from poor families without placing limits on racial quotas.

It is believed that the funds have gone missing between 2015 and 2018.

Apparently, it has led to the state having to limit the quantum distributed as financial assistance for this year.

A former contract staff is alleged to have manipulated the computer system to siphon off the funds.

On May 16, a Tapem officer also lodged a police report after discovering that his computer password to access the accounting system had been breached.

The latest incident seems similar to another case of funds missing from Tapem in January.

On Jan 11, MACC arrested a former clerical assistant on suspicion of siphoning off funds meant for scholarships.


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