Friday, April 25, 2008

State government tries to block funds transfer - NST

SHAH ALAM: April 25, 2008

The state government is challenging a move to dissolve the organisation by the Selangor Wives Welfare and Charity Organisation (Balkis). Balkis is an association for the wives of past and serving Selangor elected representatives.

The state government is also moving to block a move by members to transfer RM9.9 million of the organisation's funds to the Association of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers (Bakti).

According to a statement from the menteri besar's press secretariat, the move to dissolve the organisation was made after the change of state government following the general election.

The statement questioned the legality of the decision as Datin Seri Zahrah Kechik, the wife of former menteri besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo, was the one who wrote to the Registrar of Societies and Bakti informing them of the decision.

The president of Balkis is the wife of the serving menteri besar. Since Dr Mohd Khir is no longer the state's leader, Zahrah is also no longer the organisation's president.

The state government is questioning the validity of the meeting on March 11 which decided on the dissolution.

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