Khir Toyo’s wife: Moving of RM10mil was legalPosted: April 26, 2008
This is sort of an update on what’s happening on the Balkis case, and about them moving almost RM10 million out of the Balkis account, and into Bakti’s account. I previously wrote about it here. Before this, no one was able to get the then President of Balkis, Khir Toyo’s wife to make a statement. Now, she has finally met with reporters, and here’s what she had to say.
Did Balkis have the right to move out RM9.9mil?
PETALING JAYA: Questions are being asked whether it was correct for the Wives of Selangor Assemblymen and MPs Welfare and Charity Organisation (Balkis) to transfer out the RM9.9mil it had in its coffers a few days after the state fell to the Opposition.
Defending the money transfer, then president Datin Seri Zahrah Kechik said she had the legal right because her husband Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo was still the caretaker Selangor Mentri Besar at that time.
Dr Mohd Khir said the money was “temporarily transferred” to the Association of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers (Bakti) to ensure the money would be spent according to Balkis’ purpose, namely for the welfare of children.
The Bar Council is of the opinion that Balkis’ action could be tantamount to criminal breach of trust.
Full article here.
‘RM9.9m belongs to Balkis’
PETALING JAYA: The RM9.9mil in the bank account of the Wives of Selangor Assemblymen and MPs Welfare and Charity Organisation (Balkis) belonged to it. And Balkis was within its rights to hand the money over to another organisation.
This is the stand of the president of the organisation at that time, Datin Seri Zahrah Kechik.
“We have sought legal advice and our lawyers advised us on the options available – either to put the money with any organisation or give it to the state.
“Balkis was formed by wives of Barisan Nasional elected representatives who wanted to do something for the underprivileged.
“Now that Selangor is ruled by the opposition coalition, the members felt they could no longer serve effectively and that the organisation should be dissolved,” said Zahrah, adding that she chaired the March 11 meeting in her capacity as Balkis president.
Dr Khir said the association was unsure if Khalid’s government would want to go on with the programmes already in place, or use the money for similar intentions,
He said the money was transferred to Bakti with the condition that those under Balkis’ Poor Students’ Aid Programme would continue to receive the aid.
“There was some worry after Pakatan Rakyat won the state that the new government might remove some of the students from the list (of recipients) and the poor students would not be able to continue their studies,” he said.
Full article here.
In my previous post, I quoted that the Constitution of Balkis states that Balkis must remain apolitical. Meaning it has nothing to do with politics, or parties, or the like. And besides, it’s the Wives of Selangor Assemblymen and MPs Welfare and Charity Organisation, for crying out loud! Which part of it says that it has anything to do with being wives of Barisan Nasional reps?
And what’s with being “unsure whether Khalid’s govt would continue with the programmes already in place”? If it’s good, then it will continue, period. What’s so difficult to understand about that? That’s actually hitting under the belt, if you asked me. It’s almost as if suggesting that Tan Sri Khalid is a man of no compassion. And besides, what’s Balkis and Balkis’ activities got to do with Khalid’s government? Balkis is the Wives of Selangor Assemblymen and MPs Welfare and Charity Organisation, who said anything about having anything to do with “Khalid’s government”? Khalid is not a wife, now is he?
Yes, they may claim it’s legal and all that, but there are too many loopholes here. Just too many for Khir Toyo and his wife to think that they can get away with it without damage.
Selangor government to seek legal advice on Balkis affair
PETALING JAYA: The Selangor Government will seek legal advice on the controversy involving the Wives of Selangor Assemblymen and MPs Welfare and Charity Organisation (Balkis) and its funds.
“We are looking into the legal aspects of the application to dissolve Balkis and also the transfer of its funds before we decide on the next course of action,” he said, adding that the state would take legal action against the organisation’s office bearers if there was any wrongdoing.
In the meantime, the state government has asked the Registrar of Societies (ROS) to ignore the application to disband Balkis made by its previous president Datin Seri Zahrah Kechik, the wife of former Selangor MB Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo.
[The state government] said that the organisation’s constitution clearly stated that the president had to be the Selangor MB’s wife and after the Barisan Nasional lost the state, Zahrah did not have the right to represent Balkis or make the application, and even her right to chair the emergency meeting was questionable.
The state government also felt that disbanding Balkis under such circumstances was against the spirit behind its formation in 1985 to help the needy, provide ideas to the government on welfare issues and help Malaysians of all races and religions.
Bar Council vice-chairman Ragunath Kesavan said the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) must investigate Balkis for removing almost RM9.9mil from its bank account.
“There is a potential criminal breach of trust (element) or corruption, therefore the ACA must act fast. The money belongs to the association members, not to the office bearers.
“There are rules and regulations to be followed under the Registrar of Societies,” he said.
Full article here.
We’ll wait and see what the lawyers come up with.