PKR Youth: Probe Najib, Sedic over alleged misuse of funds for Indian community

Thiban Subbramaniam

PUTRAJAYA: PKR Youth has called for Datuk Seri Najib Razak to be investigated over the alleged misappropriation of funds meant for the Indian community.

Its vice-president Thiban Subbramaniam said the former Prime Minister and the management of the Socio-Economic Development of the Indian Community Unit (Sedic) must be questioned over the discrepancies revealed in the 2018 Auditor-General's report.

"The former prime minister who initiated Sedic should be held responsible for the management of the millions of ringgit by the Prime Minister's Department, which is supposed to be for the betterment of Malaysian Indians," said Thiban

Thiban said that this was "election bait" before the 13th General Election by the former prime minister and MIC to win the support of the Indian community.

"The authorities must investigate the NGOs (non-government organisations) that received the funds to see if they were connected with any MIC leaders and if the money was used to get political support.

"We are entitled to know the truth," said Thiban to reporters here.

He was speaking before lodging two reports on the case, one with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and one with the police.

"We urge the MACC and the police to probe all those who were directly and indirectly involved, including the ex-minister and ex-deputy minister named in the report," said Thiban.

The AG report said that during the time of the previous government, Sedic had received RM203.89mil between 2014 and 2018 to run development programmes meant to help underprivileged Indians.

It is also said a total of RM18.91mil has been distributed to 49 non-governmental organisations (NGO), even though the organisations did not fulfil the necessary criteria set by Sedic.

The report also said it found no evidence of acknowledgement by the chairman of the Cabinet Committee for Indian Community (CCIC) for all the NGOs, except for certification from the programme's evaluation committee and the prime minister.

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