DAP MP sues Jamal Yunos for RM1m over misappropriation claims

BY A. RUBAN
Seputeh MP Teresa Kok (second from right) filed a defamation lawsuit against Sungai Besar Umno chief Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos in Kuala Lumpur April 6, 2017. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, April 6 — Seputeh MP Teresa Kok today filed a defamation lawsuit against Umno leader Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos for claiming she embezzled from a Selangor state fund.

Among others, Kok is seeking RM1 million in damages and an injunction to stop the Sungai Besar Umno chief from making further claims to the media.

“It is obviously a baseless accusation to say that I took funds from Skim Mesra Usia Emas (SMUE) that falls under the Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor (Yawas) fund. Are Selangor officers that complacent?

“Even the (Selangor) Mentri Besar (Datuk Seri Azmin Ali) told me that he was willing to be my witness if the case goes up,” she told reporters at the Kuala Lumpur High Court lobby.

Jamal lodged several police reports alleging that Kok withdrew cash from the Yawas fund, but did not disburse these to recipients.

The leader of the so-called Red Shirt movement also claimed Sekinchan assemblyman Ng Suee Lim and another PKR leader were among others who abused the state fund.

While Kok and Ng have denied of the allegation, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission last week took several documents related to SMUE from Kok’s office for its investigation.

Under SMUE, eligible applicants may apply for RM1,500 as a one-off assistance from the state to bear funeral expenses involving a family member.