Shah Alam – A “golden handshake” amounting to RM2.6 million paid to eight former staff of Khalid Ibrahim must be returned, Selangor menteri besar Azmin Ali said today as he continued his feud with his predecessor.
Instead the eight, contract staff of Menteri Besar Incorporated, will be paid compensation for termination of services in accordance with their contracts.
Azmin said the RM2.6 million total compensation payment – likened to a voluntary separation scheme by Khalid at the time – was not properly done.
“After seeking the advice of our lawyer, the new management of Menteri Besar Incorporated decided that they (Khalid’s eight former staff) must return the money (compensation) as it violated several financial procedures and regulations,” Azmin said.
“I have been informed by MBI that a letter will be sent to them and they have to return the money,” he told reporters after attending the Selangor Maulidur Rasul celebration, Bernama reported.
The eight former staff were appointed by MBI on a contract basis. They reportedly received compensation totalling RM2.6 million, sparking an outcry and labellled as ridiculous by various parties, including the MP for Shah Alam, Khalid Abdul Samad.
The payment was reported to have been made at the end of Khalid’s service and before Azmin was appointed as Selangor Menteri Besar on September 23.
Azmin the new management would pay compensation in accordance with the terms and conditions stated in their respective contracts.
Khalid was sacked by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) on disciplinary grounds viz. failing to turn up at a disciplinary committee hearing and bringing the party into public disrepute and contempt.
He was alleged to have washed “dirty linen” in public and seen to have been in cahoots with the opposition Barisan Nasional (BN), Umno in particular.