Retired Senior Govt Official's Savings Vanish From Her Tabung Haji Account

The 66-year-old claimed that she had no knowledge of the transactions.

Cover image via Mohd Roji Kawi/Berita Harian

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A retired senior government official in Kuching has claimed that RM30,000 funds from her Tabung Haji account was transferred to another account and withdrawn using ATMs since 2018 without her knowledge

The victim, Datuk Jabidah Monseri, 66, said she only realised the money was missing on 30 November last year.

According to Jabidah, after she retired as the deputy director-general of the National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) in 2017, she was offered a new position as the chairperson of UNIMAS Holdings, a subsidiary of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), reported Berita Harian today, 7 March.

She claimed that her busy schedule prevented her from checking her Tabung Haji account.

"Due to being too busy with the new responsibilities, I did not update my Tabung Haji account, and I was very confident in the security of the funds kept in Tabung Haji," she was quoted as saying.

"In 2019, I was also appointed as a member of the Sarawak Public Service Commission, and my schedule became even busier as I had to travel across the state frequently, so I continued to neglect to check my Tabung Haji account."

File photo of Jabidah chairing an AADK meeting in 2017.

Image via AADK Pahang (Facebook)

She shared that in November last year, she found her Tabung Haji account book and went to the Tabung Haji office in Kuching

However, she was shocked to discover from the clerk that her account balance was only RM1,816.74, despite expecting over RM31,000 in the account.

Further examination of her detailed account statement revealed that her savings were withdrawn through a total of 30 transactions, spanning from 26 February 2018 to 21 January 2020.

There were seven transfers from Tabung Haji to several bank accounts and 23 ATM withdrawals. The first transaction occurred on 26 February 2018, which was a transfer of RM10,000 from Tabung Haji. The last transaction occurred on 21 January 2020, which was an ATM withdrawal.

The amount of ATM withdrawals ranged from RM1,000 to RM1,500.

Jabidah filed a report at the Gita police station in Kuching in December last year, but she has not received any updates from Tabung Haji

In her police report, she demanded that Tabung Haji take action regarding the loss of her funds.

She expressed disappointment at the fact that three months had passed since the report was lodged.

"I hope Tabung Haji will provide a response and take responsibility for the loss of my savings," she said.

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