Mahfuz: Explain Tabung Haji CEO's pay packet

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KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 16): PAS vice-president Datuk Mahfuz Omar on Tuesday continued to raise questions about the salary and bonus received by Lembaga Tabung Haji chief executive Datuk Ismee Ismail.

At a press conference at the Parliament lobby, Mahfuz produced a copy of Ismee's payslip and letter of approval for a salary increase from Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, the minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of Islamic affairs.

Mahfuz had previously claimed that Ismee’s monthly salary was RM70,000 last year, and it was raised to RM85,000 this year. He also alleged that Ismee was given a bonus of RM700,000 last year.

According to the Pokok Sena MP, the minister's explanation on the matter in the Dewan Rakyat on Monday was insufficient.

"In his (Budget 2013) winding-up speech yesterday, the minister did not give a concrete explanation to the matter. He had said that proper channels were used to approve the raise.

"He also (mentioned) about a salary determination board and severance payment board. But these boards are not listed among the six boards in Tabung Haji,” he said.

Jamil Khir had told the Dewan Rakyat that the salary increase was in accordance with the law and took into account the revenue obtained by Tabung Haji.

Mahfuz questioned the high payout considering that Tabung Haji oversaw a smaller portion of funds compared to some other government trust funds.

"The minister said that the CEO earned his bonus and raise as he manages Tabung Haji which handles RM34 billion in funds and raked in profits. That is not a good enough reason because other people also assisted him in managing these funds.

"We take the example of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), which manages funds worth RM480 billion and has 13 million members.

"EPF's profit was RM24 billion whereas Tabung Haji's profit in 2011 was RM2 billion," he said, adding that the CEO of EPF was paid RM50,000 a month.

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