THE nation’s peak Muslim body is extracting millions of dollars in rent and fees from a successful Islamic school in Sydney that draws most of its funding from taxpayers.
WTF are Australian taxpayers forced to fund Islamic schools anyhow? Â This hopeless Labor government can’t even run a simple political sex scandal properly, no wonder they are taking the country to the point of no return…..
Not for the first time that we see the directors of ‘Islamic schools’ Â involved in fraud and embezzlement:
- Islamic school on fraud charges | The Australian
- Muslim school director Anwar Sayed guilty of fraud | Perth Now
Documents reveal the Malek Fahd Islamic School paid the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils $5.2 million last year alone, an amount equal to one-third of the school’s educational funding from the federal and state governments.
An investigation byÂ The AustralianÂ has uncovered millions of dollars in funds charged to the school, including unexplained “management fees”.
The school has also been charged $2.59m in back rent after AFIC retrospectively altered a lease agreement in 2009.
Last year, it paid $3.15m in “management fees” to AFIC, which included $2.2m in “management fees back charge”.
AFIC, also known as Muslims Australia, has not explained how the fees are being spent by the organisation, despite detailed questions from The Australian.
Malek Fahd, in Greenacre in Sydney’s west, received $15.7m in educational funding from the commonwealth and NSW governments last year, accounting for 74 per cent of its overall income.
According to the school’s financial statement, it received a total of $19.6m in government funding last year, with the figure boosted by cash from the federal government’s Building the Education Revolution program.
The school of about 2000 students is widely considered a success story for Islamic education in Australia, rating 15th in NSW HSC system ratings last year and in the top 10 in 2007.
The school is listed as independent and is a separate legal entity from its landowner and founder AFIC. Government funds are given directly to the school, not to AFIC.
Both are not-for-profit organisations, with the school entitled to a range of tax concessions as a charitable institution.
In 2008, a lease was signed between the school and AFIC that set annual rent for the Greenacre property at $1.3m, but documents reveal that in 2009 the lease was changed to increase the rent to $1.5m a year. The agreement was backdated to January 2004, resulting in a one-off payment of $2.59m going to AFIC.
According to the school’s last financial report, another deal saw the school hand over a lump sum of $2.2m in backdated management fees to AFIC, with another $959,800 handed over for management costs in that year.
Neither the school nor AFIC can explain what the management fees are charged for.
AFIC president Ikebal Patel, who has held the role since 2007, is also the chairman of directors of the school. He was briefly removed from the position of AFIC president by the AFIC congress in 2008, but was reinstated after a complex federal court challenge to the legitimacy of the vote.
When asked byÂ The AustralianÂ how he explained the fees being charged to the school and where and how AFIC was spending the funds, Mr Patel said: “The financial statement is out there. If you want to discuss anything else I’m happy, but I’m not going to discuss any of this.”
Mr Patel has not replied to questions in writing about how the large fees were justified or where the money was being spent.
Mr Patel would also not answer questions as to how much he or other members of the AFIC executive were personally drawing in income or any other payment from AFIC funds.
However, it is understood that Dr Ali – a respected educator who has been principal since the school’s inception in 1990 – is privately furious over the manner in which AFIC has been using the school’s funds.
Senior figures at the school and in the Islamic community are angry the school is being denied its funds to reinvest into the school, which has large classes and generally caters to students of non-English speaking backgrounds and of lower socioeconomic groups. The school receives proportionately larger government funding for this reason.
The Greenacre school site was purchased by AFIC in 1989 for about $2.2m with funds from the Saudi royal family. The school, which charges fees of about $1200 a year, has been responsible for funding the construction of its own buildings.
Along with Mr Patel as chairman of directors of the Malek Fahd, the school’s board also has several other AFIC executives. These include AFIC vice-president Hafez Kassem, treasurer Mohamed Masood and assistant AFIC treasurer Ashraf Usman Ali.
Neither the commonwealth nor the NSW education department has provided comment on the matter, but The Australian understands the school’s funding issue has been brought to the attention of NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell’s office.
OK, so not most Muslims in Australia, Mr Patel, just you and their peak body.
What’s that ? Duplicitous, you say. Yes I thought so too.
By the way, when he refers to the sharia aspects of Islamic divorce one area worth considering is the Sunni Muslim male’s right to divorce his wife simply by saying ‘talaq’ (I divorce thee) three times.
Kind of like Dorothy clicking her heels together and saying ‘there’s no place like home’ three times.
Perhaps Mr Ikebal would like to borrow Dorothy’s shoes?
But I doubt it.
So what will happen now instead is that Mr Patel, darling of the multi-kulti zealouts,Â 2011’s Australia day ambassadorÂ and a recipient of last year’s Pride of Australia medal – for devouring taxpayer’s money in helping immigrant Muslims with their seemingly never-ending self-inflicted integration problems, no less – will continue to call for aspects of sharia law to run as a parallel legal code within Australia.
Creeping sharia, if you will. Creeping sharia, if you won’t.
He will continue to do this because he knows that all through Europe sharia courts have been given the green light in the name of cultural equality and inclusiveness.
Well I have a message for Mr Patel;
What you see in Europe is not ‘cultural equality and inclusiveness’. It is the total capitulation of freedoms, traditions and systems of law in the face of a backwards and bloodthirsty ideology and if you’re thinking, thinking just for one fucking second, somewhere in that excitable little head of yours that Australians are going to offer up that same kind of half-arsed piss-weak resistance to that ideaology then you, Sir, are sadly mistaken.