YBK detailed Report soon
January 13, 2010 19:48 PM
Selangor To Issue Detailed YBK Report
SHAH ALAM, Jan 13 (Bernama) — The Selangor state government will prepare a detailed report on the funds, assests or land that had been contributed to Yayasan Basmi Kemiskinan (YBK) (a poverty eradication foundation) since it was set up, said Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.
The report was to clarify the status of the state government’s participation in the welfare body, he said at a news conference after chairing the state executive council meeting here Wednesday.
He said the report was expected to be ready by the end of the month as he had to declassify documents related to YBK including (minutes of) state exco meetings that were under the Official Secrets Act before the report could be made available publicly.
Abdul Khalid said: “The report is also to clarify the state government’s committment to ensure the funds and assets given to YBK really benefit the poor.”
Besides that the information regarding projects given to YBK as to how much money had been spent and who had benefitted from the projects would also be stated, he said.
The state government had earlier stated its desire to appoint the Menteri Besar as Chairman of YBK and the proposal was based on status and not personality, and that Welfare, Women Affairs, Science, Technology and Innovation exco, Rodziah Ismail, be appointed as a board member and the state’s representative, to ensure transparency and the foundation management’s reponsibility, he said.
“I do not know how many people had been helped by YBK and the costs involved,” he said when asked whether the body had not been transparent in its operations.
The reason for the state government to be involved in YBK was because the state government allocated land and funds for welfare.
That is why the state government had interest in YBK, he said.
YBK was estbalished in 1990 under the Trustees (Incorporation) Act 1952. It was officially launched in April 1990 by the then Selangor Menteri Besat Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib.