KUALA LUMPUR: Palestine Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem has not received any donations from Malaysia the last two years, the Palestinian ambassador to Malaysia, Walid Abu Ali claimed yesterday.
Walid raised suspicions that Millions of ringgit of funds sent to Palestine for the Al Aqsa Mosque could have been abused.
“Baitulmaqdis (Jerusalem) Waqaf department did not receive any donations that were raised by Malaysian non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
“This has been verified by the Al Aqsa Mosque Imam when he made a visit to Malaysia recently where he revealed that it had been some time they received such contributions from Malaysia,” Walid was quoted as saying by Newspaper Harian Metro.
Walid also advises Malaysians who want to donate they should do it through the right channel.
“It is good (to donate), but make sure your money reaches the right beneficiaries and use the right channels, including via the embassy or the Jordanian and Palestinian Waqf Ministries that are in charge of funding the Al Aqsa Mosque,” he said.
“Some NGOs in Malaysia focused on supporting Palestinians by raising donations… They raised the money, but did you ever ask who received the money? Who benefited from it? No one knows.
“There are so many NGOs in Malaysia raising money for the Al Aqsa Mosque. But, the money was never received,” he said during a courtesy call to the New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Bhd.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Latheefa Koya has ordered the agency’s investigation division to investigate the allegation.
“Yes I have directed the investigation division to look into the matter,” she told theedgemarkets.com.
However, the Malaysian non-government organisations (NGOs) denied the allegations and asked Palestine ambassador to Malaysia Walid Abu Ali to apologize.
” Excessive allegations should be provided with evidence and not announced publicly.
“The evidence of donations and its implementation can be accessed in those NGOs annual reports, with statistics, photographs, and videos as well as local and international media reports. The NGOs even brought local media representatives to witness how the donations were given, they said.