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Facts and figures: Parliament staff Nur Azlin Rashim leafing through the 2012 MOF Audit Book at Parliament.
WELFARE assistance is still being paid to 145 dead people in Kelantan, Sabah and Negri Sembilan, revealed the Auditor-General’s Report 2012.
In Kelantan, 93 people in Pasir Mas, Pasir Puteh and Kota Baru continued to receive the aid, amounting between RM65 and RM120 per month, even though they died between 2005 and 2012.
“The audit found that 41 recipients were given a total of RM110,700 which was banked into their accounts.
“From the total, RM65,691 has been withdrawn by the deceased’s next-of-kin,” the report said.
In Sabah, the Welfare Department was found to have disbursed aid to the deceased, with the audit revealing that the list of recipients in the eSBK system included 12 deceased recipients in Semporna and Sandakan.
“Eight deceased recipients were still getting aid between one and three months from the date of their deaths as noted in the list, with the amount paid between RM150 and RM450.
“There was also no information on the real death dates for the remaining four deceased recipients on the list” the report read.
In response, the department said this was because the recipients list was printed a month ahead of disbursement, and the recipients’ kin delayed reporting the deaths.
In Negri Sembilan, the Welfare Deparment paid 40 dead people from Seremban, Kuala Pilah and Port Dickson between RM100 and RM200 monthly. Of the 40, two had actually died in 2008.
“The findings showed that the record keeping by the department was poor and the details of the aid recipients were not updated or correctly filled,” said the report.
The department had paid out RM45,350 to the next-of-kin of 15 “dead” recipients alone from 2008 to 2011.
The report said the National Registration Department could also not verify the identity card numbers of 154 recipients who were getting aid as of May 2012.
“This has created doubts if the recipients existed or if payments were actually given to those genuinely in need,” it said.
The department, in response to the Auditor-General’s findings said it has recovered some of the monies paid out, while several families have also agreed to repay the amount in instalments.
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