K-Pop Concert: MACC Asked to Investigate Shabery Cheek


PUTRAJAYA, 18 Oct: Orange 13 (Jingga 13) filed a report to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to demand an investigation to be made on the former Youth and Sports Minister, Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek involving the ministry as presented in the Auditor-General’s Report 2012.

The Chief Coordinator of Orange 13, Fariz Musa, said that the report involved the issue of RM1.6 million being paid for a K-Pop concert, the Million Youth Assembly amounting to RM87.61 million, and the account of the National Sports Council amounting to RM20 million for sponsorship from private companies.

Fariz said that the Youth and Sports Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin previously confirmed that the ministry had to pay RM1.6 million for the cost of bringing in K-Pop artists for the concert because many of the sponsors failed to provide aid.

Shaberry, as the minister responsible at the time, claimed that the concert was funded by sponsors through the account of the National Sports Council (NSC) and he also criticised the Auditor-General, Tan Sri Ambrin Buang, as being ‘clumsy’ in preparing the report.

“What raises questions is the conflict of facts between Khairy and Shabery on the issue. Up till now, we are still waiting to know whose answer is right and who is lying,” he said in a press conference at Putrajaya today.

Fariz said he also questioned the excessive expenditure involving RM67.61 million for the National Youth Day 2012 which needs to be investigated by the MACC.

“The MACC and the National Audit Department should work together and use provisions of the law to prosecute those involved and bring them to justice. Orange 13 also urged the Prime Minister to immediately suspend Shabery from his duties immediately,” he said.

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