The government today said that a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) would be set up to probe issues related to Lembaga Tabung Haji (LTH) following a series of audits held from 2014 to last year.
Deputy Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the decision was made at a Cabinet meeting earlier today.
He said the scope of the RCI would focus on the audit results for the years in question but would exclude the restructuring and rehabilitation plan currently underway.
He said it would also determine whether there had been any cover-up or misleading statements related to the issues raised, and recommend the appropriate action to be taken against those involved if they are found to have violated any laws, without jeopardising any investigation or legal action being taken by the related authorities.
“This is to improve the management of LTH,” he said in a statement.
He added that a report would be presented to the government within three months, together with suggestions for follow-up action if necessary.
“The establishment of this RCI is necessary so that further investigations can be made on the matters raised, and the appropriate recommendations submitted to the government to restore the image and confidence of the people in LTH,” he said.
“It is also to ensure a transparent and in-depth investigation to make certain that LTH has carried out its mandate professionally in managing the deposit money of Muslims.”