YaPEIM Suspends DG over Anti-PH GE14 Video

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Pending probe into threat to punish PH voters among staff.

The Islamic Economic Development Foundation (Yapeim) has suspended its director-general Datuk Abibullah Samsuddin as it investigates claims he threatened certain staff who were pro-Pakatan Harapan (PH) before GE14.

The suspension was effective today.

Yapeim chairman Datuk Mohd Daud Bakar said that the foundation has set up an internal investigation committee to look into accusations against Abibullah.

“During the suspension period, the investigation committee will call him in to give his statement and assist the investigation over the accusations.

“During that time, Parihah Hassan, a senior Yapeim director, will take over the duties of director-general. She is a senior director from Yapeim’s Strategic Management Department and is an International Islamic University Graduate who holds a degree in accounting,” Mohd Daud said in a statement today.

Abibullah is accused of warning Yapeim staff against voting for PH during the 14th general election.


A video was found during an internal probe and external audit by PricewaterhouseCoopers Malaysia in which Abibullah was heard threatening staff that he would inspect their votes one by one.

He said those who voted for PH were not qualified to work for Yapeim and that they should work for DAP.

YaPEIM has been in the spotlight over its expenditure, details of which were in a leaked report showing that it paid the legal expenses of one of its directors, an aide to then-prime minister Najib Razak.

It also paid unreasonably high salaries and bonuses to its top management, besides making an RM12 million loss in a gold pawn scheme and other dubious business investments.

Earlier reports:

May 18, PKR Lodges Report Against Yapeim D-G over Video Warning Staff Not to Vote for  PH

May 16, No Action Against Yapeim Man for Threatening Staff in Anti-PH Pre-GE14 Speech