Published On: Tue, Jul 8th, 2014

Leeflang: “FDRS subsidy is moral corruption”

Omayra LeeflangWILLEMSTAD – The subsidy for the Foundation for Sport and Social Responsibility (FDRS) is a moral corruption. This is according to the Independent Member of Parliament, Omayra Leeflang in a letter to the Minister of Finance, Dr. Jose Jardim.

Leeflang cites a letter from the Minister of Jul 1, in which he states that the government will give subsidies to the FDRS. Also, the minister in that same letter, states that the investigation of the Governments Accountants Bureau (SOAB) on the start-up costs of the foundation showed that no abnormal cases have occurred, but that there was need of attention for administrative level.

Leeflang calls this assertion from the Minister a gross manipulation, so that a political agreement can be executed. That is also the reason why Leeflang states that to continue with the subsidy to the foundation is a moral corruption.

She says the SOAB indicates in its findings that the two cars purchased for the foundation are regular operating costs and not start-up fees and that the salaries of the three, which was made available to the FDRS, must be charged to the foundation. According to the MP, these are all evidences of manipulation by the Minister. "It seems that everything has been done to meet the needs of political friends who have already paid. The youth has not benefited from a single dime granted to this foundation."

Leeflang wants to know if the Minister will reclaim the money spend for the purchase of the two cars and also the salaries of the personnel.

Furthermore Leeflang wants a copy of the analysis that the minister asked to make, as he states in his letter of July 1, which indicates when a foundation becomes a public foundation. She also wants an explanation from the Minister why the subsidy to public foundation Sedreko was reduced while FDRS, a private foundation, gets 1.3 million guilders.

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