Friday 16 September 2011

Then whose money did you steal...the Rakyat?

Jamil Khir: I did not steal zakat money

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(The Malaysian Insider) - Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom has denied that he used Islamic tithes to build a mansion for his family.
The minister in charge of Islamic affairs told a press conference today he had lived in the Kampung Batu Muda home since 1994 and renovations were paid for with his own money.
“Wallahi, I did not take zakat money. You can check with the Federal Territory zakat department and get a clean audit.
“I dare to swear if they dare,” Jamil Khir told reporters.
The Malaysia Today news portal had published a picture of Jamil Khir’s home yesterday (picture above), alleging that it was worth millions of ringgit.
In the report, PKR Youth deputy chief Khairul Anuar Ahmad Zainuddin had challenged the minister to explain how he could afford such a home after three years in office with a monthly salary of not more than RM15,000.
But the senator said today the allegations were a “desperate political” move to tarnish his image.
“I have lived there for 17 years and I do not know why it is now being raised. It is just renovations.
“I don’t want to prolong this issue. Before this I was not unemployed. My last post was as a Major-General with a pension and gratuity. Not up to RM1 million but it was enough,” he added.
He also said that the expansion of his home was due to the increasing number of people in his family, including his parents and his six children who also earn their own income now.


  1. Extended family mah. Like that also cannot ah? Zakaria also gave the same reason for a big house.

    I like the explanation on affordability. Likely to pass the SPRM test and no questions from LHDN.

  2. No need to sware. Just declare your assets at home and abroad for public scrutiny and I assure you that no courts will touch you if the public approves of your accumulated assets.

  3. This is like stating the obvious:

    If you are in a position of power to approve contracts, then many things could be had for 'free' which can explain the affordability part. But as we all know, there is no thing as a free lunch. So, contractors mark-up to cover for such extra expenses and the extra costs passed on to taxpayers.

    Suppliers could supply all the necessary building materials; consultants the necessary professional work; and contractors the contract work; and so on, for past favours and/or ensuring future contracts. Upon completion, interior decoration items could similarly be supplied for one reason or other, other than having to pay for them. Sometimes, someone else pays for certain items for housewarming reason.

    The reason for so many such cases of open opulence by politicians must be due to our culture of treating such accumulation of wealth while in office as acceptable. Everybody seems to be doing it, from top to bottom, so SPRM are in a quandary as to who should be checked and acted upon. So the easiest way is to close one eye and shut the other on BN leaders and treat all opposition leaders as easy meat!

  4. Can I apply for a similar job. I worked for 36 years. Till today my house is nowhere near his grand garage standard.

  5. Well, are you sure the house is worth millions? Is the most hideous house ever. I mean money cannot buy good taste it should at least buy a good architect!!!
    Betty teh

  6. Corruption and Malaysian......can somebody describe it for me?

  7. Sir,

    I make a few times more than his official RM15k/month and yet I don't have much left at the end of the month after deducting kids education etc and my house is a single storey.

    Of course all my money is clean.

  8. Here's Toyo all over again. Sure, he didn't steal. He only help himself to the money. After all, wasn't itmeant for charity?
    What he is saying is that he started stealing for the past 17 years so he don't need to steal this time for the renovation of his house.

  9. Beware of Professional Religionists

    [9:34] O you who believe, many religious leaders and preachers take the people's money illicitly, and repel from the path of GOD. Those who hoard the gold and silver, and do not spend them in the cause of GOD, promise them a painful retribution.

    [9:35] The day will come when their gold and silver will be heated in the fire of Hell, then used to burn their foreheads, their sides, and their backs: "This is what you hoarded for yourselves, so taste what you have hoarded."

    Read more here

  10. My salary is RM18k per month and I am struggling to buy a house costing RM500k!

    Pok Li

  11. Visit the area where the
    Mentri Besar of Selangor's official residence is located
    (in Shah Alam).

    Lots of "interesting
    big houses" to gape at.
    Including the massive gates of
    a former MB's McMansion.
    For the rest of the McMansion, you need a helicopter's eye view !

    Phua Kai Lit (Shah Alam resident)