Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Husband of new auditor-general once said he'll 'die for Najib'

Aidila Razak     Published     Updated
PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil has questioned the decision to appoint Madinah Mohamad as auditor-general, given her links to Umno.

Her husband, Rizuan Abdul Hamid, had, as Kepong Umno chief in 2015, reportedly said that he was willing to "die for (Prime Minister) Najib (Abdul Razak)".

Fahmi said the post of auditor-general is a key role in government as the person oversees government bodies and the use of public funds.

"As such, the auditor-general must not only be independent, neutral and above party politics, but she or he must also be seen to be independent, neutral and above party politics.

"As Madinah's husband is a hardcore Umno member who has been reported as saying that he is 'prepared to die for Najib', this does not inspire the confidence necessary for the role of auditor-general.

"(This is) especially since several ongoing concerns, including 1MDB - which is linked to PM Najib - have not been fully resolved and the people are still awaiting the release of the auditor-general's report on 1MDB," Fahmi told Malaysiakini.

When contacted, Rizuan said: "(Madinah) is a principled woman. PKR need not question my wife's integrity. Just ask anyone at Education Ministry about my wife. Other secretary-generals are shaking in their boots."

Rizuan did not respond to Malaysiakini's query on whether he is still willing to die for Najib, while Madinah has yet to reply to the portal's private message to her on social media.

Fahmi had earlier also tweeted a photo of Madinah and Rizuan together, as well as a screenshot of the Astro Awani article quoting Rizuan as saying he was willing to die for Najib.

"The husband will die for Najib. The wife will become auditor-general," he said on Twitter.
At the Kepong Umno division’s annual meeting in October 2015, Rizuan is quoted as saying: "I am willing to die for Najib. Don't touch Najib. If I am to die, I want to die with Najib."
"This is our (Kepong Umno) vow. To die in politics is better than to die for nothing," he is quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, Fahmi also called on Najib to explain why he did not advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to extend Ambrin Buang's service as auditor-general, given that the 1MDB issue is not yet concluded.

Ambrin oversaw the public audit of the government investment firm, but the audit report is still sealed under the Official Secrets Act (OSA).

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