May 27 hearing for whistleblowing Islamic college CEO's bid to prevent suspension

Institut Profesional Baitulmal CEO, Syed Omar Syed Agil arriving at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur, January 4, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
Institut Profesional Baitulmal CEO, Syed Omar Syed Agil arriving at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur, January 4, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, April 13 ― The High Court here will next month hear the bid by Baitulmal Professional Institute (IPB) CEO Dr Syed Omar Syed Agil to prevent the suspension of his position by the college.

His lawyer Ida Daniella Zulkifli told reporters that May 27 will be the hearing of both Syed Omar's application for a temporary court order blocking his suspension as well as his lawsuit.

“May 27 at 3pm for the hearing of the interim injunction and for the originating summons,” she said.

The case came up for case management before High Court judge Datuk John Louis' O Hara, where IPB Sdn Bhd was represented by Nooron Aini Zakaria.

Last December 16, Syed Omar had filed his lawsuit or the originating summons against IPB's operator Institut Profesional Baitumal Sdn Bhd, seeking to stop the latter from continuing to suspend him and continuing with an internal probe against him.

He claimed his suspension last October was due to his whistleblowing about possible funds misappropriation by the administration of the private tertiary institution where the Federal Territories Islamic Council (MAIWP) owns a 70 per cent stake.

Syed Omar had claimed that he had lodged reports with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the police last August 14 and last September 1 over alleged financial mismanagement within IPB.

He claimed that the police had issued a notice on September 2 to say it had launched a criminal investigation based on his complaint and that he had provided them with the necessary documents and accounts.

He had also claimed that the MACC came to IPB on September 29 for a search and seizure, but the anti-graft authorities could not proceed as the relevant IPB officer was on medical leave.

Syed Omar also claimed to have received a September 29 show-cause letter from IPB which he replied on October 5, adding that IPB then issued a disciplinary notice on October 6 notifying him that the IPB had launched an internal probe against him.

IPB then suspended him just a day later on October 7, but Syed Omar has since then successfully obtained court orders on December 21 and January 4.