YBK never issued audit report?
SHAH ALAM, Jan 12 — The Selangor government has asked the Yayasan Basmi Kemiskinan (YBK) or Poverty Eradication Foundation to prepare an audit report detailing its financial flow and asset management.
Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (picture) , political secretary to the menteri besar, said based on the state government’s monitoring, YBK had never issued an audit report on its financial accounts and administration over the past five years.
“In fact, YBK has not issued any report on how the money allocated for the poverty eradication programmes was spent,” he said in a statement here today.
In view of this, he said the state government is willing to provide an allocation to enable the audit report to be prepared immediately since hundreds of millions of ringgit in assets and financial aid had been given to YBK.
He said the state government also hoped that all non-governmental organisations (NGOs) would support the effort to ensure that YBK would implement its programmes in a more transparent and responsible manner.
“We are now trying to ensure that YBK’s poverty eradication programmes are properly implemented to benefit the deserving regardless of their race, religion or political sentiments,” he said.
Prior to this, the YBK is reported as having disputed the Selangor government’s imposition of a pre-condition for the approval of a Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) campus project on a piece of land owned by the foundation in Serendah.
Its chairman, Datuk Zainal Abidin Sakom, is reported as saying that the dispute arose after Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim asked the NGO to appoint him (Khalid) as the new YBK chairman as a pre-condition for approval of the project.
Zainal Abidin said the state government also demanded that YBK pay up arrears in quit rent amounting to RM6 million if it did not agree to the pre-condition. — Bernama