A sum of RM158,000 was paid for the use of a sports facility while RM128,000 was spent on batik clothing for members of the Wives of Selangor Assemblymen and MPs Welfare and Charity Organisation (Balkis) and their husbands.
These were among the “extreme” expenditures of Balkis which Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim revealed at the state legislative assembly yesterday.
“The Selangor Government feels Balkis should at least clarify to the state government activities that we feel should not have been carried out,” he said when replying to a question from Lau Weng San (DAP-Kampung Tunku).
Khalid said the organisation also spent RM49,000 for souvenir books, RM100,000 for its sports programme, RM200,000 for Deepavali and Hari Raya celebrations, RM100,000 for sports uniforms and RM30,000 for food during a sports event.
Khalid added the state government had decided to block the transfer of two plots of land given to Balkis by the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) as the organisation had wanted to give it to the Association of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers (Bakti).
“Bakti is not a state linked charity organisation and as such we feel that the transfer of the land to the body is not proper,” he said.
He said Permodalan Negeri Selangor Bhd (PKNS) donated RM5.1 million while Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Bhd donated over RM670,000 to the organisation.
PKNS donated RM590,000 to Balkis for a function to launch its complex and also gave land for welfare purposes between 2006 and last year, he said.
He added this made the companies and the state government interested parties in the Balkis case where they had the right to ask for details of its activities.
Khalid also said the state government had sent letters to the Registrar Of Societies on April 11 and 23 and May 15 for details on Balkis but had yet to receive an answer.
Later, he told reporters the state government would set up a special committee to look into various issues, which it inherited from the previous government.
These include the transfer of funds by Balkis and the RM29mil allocations to Barisan Nasional assemblymen of the previous government, which was spent in just two months.
Khalid said a special motion would be tabled in the state assembly on Monday to set up the committee.
It will be proposed that the committee be comprised of six members – four from Pakatan Rakyat and two from Barisan Nasional.
Khalid said the committee would have the authority to call people to give statements providing details on the expenditures.
Khir Toyo says these are ‘trivial’ issues: