SHAH ALAM, Jan 3 – Former employees of Menteri Besar Incorporated (MBI) who received severance payment from the company after the departure of former Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim from office last year, were told to return all of the money received before harsh actions will taken against them.
Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali said that MBI, who are now run by different management after the former employees’s resignation, have found elements of transgression in the contracts and procedures of finance regulation in the severance payment. “The letter informing the former employees would be sent out by MBI’s management though I am not able to confirm when the letter will be sent.
However, the former staff have 14 days after they receive the letter to return the money or face consequences. “These are all up to the discretion of MBI but we are giving them time to make sure that the process will run smoothly,” he said after attending the state level Maulidur Rasul celebration, here.
The celebration was also attended by Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharifuddin Idris Shah, the state’s Islamic department and the public. Azmin said that MBI would also recalculate the exact amount of severance payment that the former employees ‘deserve’ to get, adding that the current amount was exorbitant and excessive.
The eight former employees, who includes MBI’s former chief executive officer Faekah Husin and political secretary Mustapha Mohd Talib, who was also previously Khalid’s private secretary. Others in the list include chief operating officer Rohany Talib, press secretary Arfaeza Aziz, coordination officer Rahimah Kamarudin, communications special officer Dr Sulaiman Masri, press officer Nazuri Ismail and economic analysis and research senior officer Abdul Halim Mohamed Yusof.
In November, an audit report on the severance payment revealed that at least two out of the eight former MBI employees were severely overpaid and that procedures were not followed in the approval process of the payment. Faekah, when asked to comment on the matter said that she has yet to receive the letter from MBI and will only comment once she has it with her.