Balkis baru and the mystery of RM 10 million April 25, 2008Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Huh?!, Malaysia, Politics.
Fable has it that Balqis, Queen of Sheba was known for her wisdom and even once outwitted King Solomon of Israel.
Balkis (possibly inspired by these legends), the charity organisation of wives of assemblymen and MPs in Selangor, is headed by the wife of the Menteri Besar.
But just after BN’s humiliating defeat, Balkis, which technically should not have been helmed by Mrs Khir Toyo as soon as the Parliament and the state assemblies were dissolved, decided to cut their losses, in the truest meaning of the word – ‘loss’.
They held an EGM 3 days after elections, shut down the organisation and transferred out a cool 10 mil from their banks (apparently advised by a sitting judge) into the pockets of the Federal version of their organisation – Bakti – since Federal government did not fall into the hands of Pakatan Rakyat (yet), while mulling a name change to … (drumroll) Balkis-BN.
Putting aside for now, possible queries on the laundry service provided by Bakti; why would those lovely ladies, former members of Balkis, imagine the organisation’s monies were part of their personal piggy-bank, or that of BN’s? Weren’t they mere custodians?
This sure beats those BN state assemblymen who used up some RM 20 million plus-plus of their development fund annual allocation in the first 2 months. (I must admit I was luckier than most – the former state assemblyman of Bukit Lanjan left me RM 2 in the development fund account).
But seriously. What should we do about all these?
(For more info, see today’s frontpage news of The Sun – reporting by Nades and Terence Fernandez; and opinion by Nades‘It’s ‘our’ money, not yours’)