17 Dec Why need for golf simulator, whistleblower NOW asks Yapeim
National Oversight and Whistleblowers (NOW) director Akmal Nasir wants Yayasan Pembangunan Ekonomi Malaysia (Yapeim) to explain why the charity organisation needed a golf simulator at its sports centre in Petaling Jaya.
National Oversight and Whistleblowers (NOW), in its latest series of exposes on Yayasan Pembangunan Ekonomi Islam Malaysia (Yapeim), has urged the charity organisation to explain the purchase of a golf simulator at its sports centre in Petaling Jaya.
NOW director Akmal Nasir said such facilities were not related to the Islamic charity body’s mission statement, which was “Membangun Ummah Melalui Beramal Jariah” (Developing the Ummah through Charity).
He said many questions also arose from the foundation’s ownership of the Input Golf Simulator sports centre located in Mentari Business Park, Petaling Jaya.
He said based on a public tip-off and checks by the whistleblower group, a signboard in front of the centre showed that it was owned by “Yapeim Input”.
“How does it relate to Yapeim’s mission which is based on the ‘Amal Jariah’ concept of alms giving?” he asked.
Jamal added that according to Yapeim’s 2013 budget report, the foundation’s corporate sports club had held a total of eight golf games with members and those from other agencies that year.
He said, according to the foundation’s budget for 2013, Yapeim Corporate Sports Club organised a golf game involving its staff and its agencies, and with other institutions.
Akmal also showed photographs of the golf premises in Petaling Jaya, as evidence to reporters.
NOW demanded to know the total costs involved in the purchase, maintenance of equipment and facilities as well as management of the centre.
“Yapeim’s 2013 budget report only states that the centre was to fulfil the corporate sports programme.”
He added Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom was among leaders who attended the foundation’s largest golfing programme, which was the Amal Silaturrahim and Aidilfitri Hi-Tea Golf event in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah on August 18, 2013.
A total of 56 participants were there, with other Sabah leaders.
Akmal added that based on Yapeim’s financial statement for the year ending on December 31, 2014, the equipment at the golf simulator was listed in the section for real estate, plants and depreciating equipment, as underwent depreciation in value on an annual basis.
“The same document also shows the main activity at Input as offering training services, research and consultancy in various matters to benefit Muslims, following a modern management system based on Islamic principles.”