Penang govt faces expenses scandal
11 Jun 2009, 11:00 AM
NIBONG TEBAL: The DAP-led Penang state government could be in for another scandal involving one of its assemblymen.
Jawi assemblyman Tan Beng Huat has been accused of misappropriating funds in the form of sponsorship of a local charity organisation.
The matter has since been reported to the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC).
This was brought to light by the DAP Nibong Tebal division, which also accused the state party leaders of keeping mum about the matter despite being informed about it.
Division chief Teh Hock Yong yesterday accused Tan of misappropriating RM2,000 in sponsorship of a local charity organisation.
“I have decided to call for a press conference to expose the allegation after Tan and the state DAP leadership failed to publicly deny the allegation since the issue emerged two months ago.”
Teh said he was approached by a Chin Chee Kok Charity Association committee member in April claiming that they had applied for a RM2,000 grant from Tan to purchase a television set and a compact disc player.
He said Tan approved their application and the electrical items were subsequently delivered to the association.
However, it was later discovered that the goods were worth only RM450 and not RM2,000 as promised.
Teh said it was later discovered that Tan had submitted a claim for RM2,000 to a state government agency for the donation.
Teh said he alerted the MACC on April 17 and also informed state government leaders including Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and state DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow.
He claimed that instead of getting a swift response, he was shocked when the party leaders advised him not to meddle in the matter since Tan is a DAP assemblyman.
“They even reminded me that there was no need to blow up the issue as the state government had just come to power.
“They said the time was not right to push for a by-election.”
Teh said he was particularly disappointed with Lim’s lukewarm response to the issue despite championing the Competency, Accountability and Transparency policy in running the state government.
He said he would expose more wrongdoings by Tan next month if the assemblyman and state leaders failed to act on the matter.
“We used to be bashing Barisan Nasional representatives for such matters and I would be a useless DAP member if I just sit on this issue pretending that nothing has happened.”
by NST Online » Local News