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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Jamil Khir denies abuse of zakat fund



Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Jamil Khir Baharom regarded the report on him having abused the tithe fund and the issue on his house as cruel.

NONEHe said checks should had been conducted before such a report could be published, and he believed that there was an ulterior motive by irresponsible parties in playing up the report.

The opposition parties, he said, were harping on issues involving the BN government to divert the people's attention from their weaknesses.

Jamil Khir said the allegation that tithe fund was used to pay the legal cost for the three respondents, who included him, in the qazaf claim by Permatang Pauh MP Anwar Ibrahim was not true.

The other two respondents are Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department director Che Mat Che Ali and the Federal Territory Syariah chief prosecutor Shamsuddin Hussain.

House bought before he was minister

Jamil Khir said the legal cost for the respondents in the case was paid by the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP).

"Every year, the government provides allocation for MAIWP and this year, it has been allocated RM700,000," he added.
According a report from the Audit Department, the legal cost waspaid from the zakat fund initially before the money was replaced with the MAIWP allocation.
On the issue concerning his house, Jamil Khir said that he bought the house in 1994 before he was appointed a minister and that he was still paying for the loan.

- Bernama

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