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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

New auditor-general 'Umno member', PKR questions neutrality

Newly-appointed auditor-general Madinah Mohamed is once again in the spotlight following a PKR leader's claim that she is an Umno member.
PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil said Madinah must clarify this as it could affect public perception with regard to her exercising her duties in an impartial manner.
"If this is true, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's advice to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to appoint Madinah has not helped in strengthening democracy in Malaysia.
"The auditor-general position is among the most important in a democracy as he or she plays the role of check and balance in government.
"The public perception is that an auditor-general must not only be independent, neutral and non-partisan, but must also be seen to be so," he added in a media statement.
Malaysiakini's checks with the Umno headquarters found that she is a member of the Kepong division, which is headed by her husband Rizuan Abdul Hamid.
Wanita Umno chief Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, who has defended Madinah's integrity amid criticism, is also from the same division.
Madinah's appointment was also questioned based on her husband's declaration in 2015 that he is willing to "die for Najib".

It was also reported that the Prime Minister's Office had issued a letter vouching for him in a commercial agreement.
Rizuan, however, said this was a favour for his friend and unrelated to current developments.
Madinah or Rizuan have yet to respond to Malaysiakini's requests for comment on her Umno membership.- Mkini

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