KUALA LUMPUR – Former Selangor Menteri Besar (MB) Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim expressed his relief after the court vindicated the RM2.7 million gratuity payments for his officers.
Khalid said, the decision by Shah Alam High Court yesterday has cleared his administration of any wrongdoing in the voluntary separation scheme payment by the MBI Corporation.
“To be honest, I was not surprised by the court’s decision as I am very confident that I followed an ethical process in the transaction, consistent with the provision in MBI’s Enactment.
“I am very grateful that the decision made today has indirectly cleared my name from the accusations of misconduct during my tenure as the Menteri Besar,” he said in a Facebook statement he uploaded.
Khalid also slams Selangor’s Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Azmin Ali’s move in bringing the claims to trial in order the recoup the gratuity payments as a reckless and malicious motive.
“It is very clear that the lawsuit to recoup the gratuity payments made by me to my officers before I left the office, which was took over by YAB Dato’ Menteri Besar (Azmin), was done with reckless political motives and malicious intentions; to tarnish my team and my image, which is now proven to be a committed and truthful administration,” he added.
Khalid approved the gratuity payments to eight former MBI officers – Chief Executive Officer Faekah Hussin; Rohani Talib; Arfa’eza Abdul Aziz; Mustapha Mohd Talib; Rahimah Kamarudin; Sulaiman Masri; Abdul Halim Mohamed Yusof; and Tuan Nazuri Tuan Ismail – when he resigned as the MB of Selangor after the prolonged crisis in 2014.
On 16 January 2015, Azmin instructed them to return the compensations between RM114,870 to RM699,000 each and claimed that it was against the financial ruling of the state government, or they will face proceeding of the law by BMI.
Khalid further added that it was a move by Azmin to distract the public from the weakness of his own administration by exaggerating the issues of the compensation.
“I would not dismiss the possibilities that the excitement of Menteri Besar to continue with the lawsuit in order to divert the public’s attention on the flaws of his own administration.
“I accept the attempts to tarnish my image with this perception tolerantly based on my belief that one day, the people will know the truth.
“At the same time, I accept what happened to me with an open heart,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette