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Tabung Haji confirms Azeez’s resignation after raids

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Ahirul Ahirudin
Written by Ahirul Ahirudin

KUALA LUMPUR – May 24, 2018: Tabung Haji (TH) today confirmed the resignation of chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, a day after the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) raided several properties linked to him. 

Azeez had been chairman of the pilgrims savings fund since July 2013. 

In the MACC raids at his homes in Baling, Kedah and Subang, Selangor as well as his office in Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur, some RM500,000 in cash and valuables were reportedly confiscated. Azeez is the second Umno leader who has been subjected to raids since Pakatan Harapan took over Putrajaya following their shock win in the 14th general election on May 9. The first is former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak

Azeez had told Bernama that part of the money was meant to finance a mission to Gaza, Palestine by the Kelab Putera 1Malaysia, of which he is president, and the remaining was meant for the Baling Umno division to be distributed among the constituents during Ramadan and Aidilfitri.

Azeez’s resignation letter to TH was dated May 14. 

Azeez said he has written another resignation letter addressed to the minister in charge of TH but could not deliver it because the new government has yet to name such a minister.

“I was appointed by the minister in the Prime Minister’s department, so my resignation must also go back to the minister in charge. As far as my position is concerned, I have resigned. It is still sort of unofficial, because there is no minister yet.

“My legal team will send the letter out to the respective departments once the minister responsible (for Tabung Haji) is appointed,” he said.

Azeez added that he respected the new government’s decision that no politician should hold any position in government-linked companies, including TH.

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