Human resources fund probes allegation

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KUALA LUMPUR — The Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) has assured the public it will examine the alleged misappropriation of money involving its senior executives.

The fund said in a statement it was aware of the matter, and pledged to examine the claims in detail.

“HRDF takes all the allegations made seriously and pledge its full cooperation to the Human Resources Ministry and relevant authorities,” it said.

“It assures employers who are contributing levy that their funds are secure and they can continue to utilise their contribution for the up-skilling, re-skilling and multi-skilling of their employees, apprentices and trainees.”

Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran had said an independent board will soon be formed to investigate the matter.

On June 1, Bagan assemblyman M. Satees and Seberang Prai Municipal Council member David Marshal lodged a report on the alleged misappropriation of RM300 million belonging to the fund.

On Tuesday, Bernama reported evidence linked to the misappropriation had been submitted to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

SG Education Group chief executive officer Datuk Sri Ganes said he had submitted the evidence to facilitate MACC’s investigation, which was necessary to identify the parties involved.

It was reported a senior management member and a member of the company’s board of directors had resigned recently.

Bernama reported that a former HRDF board member, R. Thiagaraja, denied involvement in the misappropriation and welcomed the MACC’s investigation.

Thiagaraja, who is the president of the Federation of Malaysian Training Providers and TVET Associations (FMTA), said he was pursuing legal action against Ganes and those who continuously create slanderous and malicious accusations against him.