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Published: Tuesday June 17, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday June 17, 2014 MYT 7:47:25 AM

Works Ministry first to face music

KUALA LUMPUR: The Public Works Ministry will be hauled up before the Public Accounts Committee to explain the poor management and implementation of its projects as noted under the second series of the Auditor-General Report 2013.

“The ministry will be called first as they are related to the bulk of issues raised in the A-G’s report,” said its chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed.

It was highlighted that in terms of implementation, 91.1% of the ministry’s programmes, activities and projects encountered – among others – issues of inefficiency, non-compliance of regulations or specifications, poor quality work and unreasonable delays.

The others that will be called up included the Education, Finance, Multimedia and Communications, the Federal Territories, and the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government ministries.

Nur Jazlan said the committee was also calling for a review of the over 200 government-linked companies (GLCs) to determine their continued viability.

Such a review, he said, was necessary as the “galaxy of GLCs” currently in existence was costing the Government millions to maintain annually.

“The Finance Ministry needs to look at the total portfolios of the GLCs to see if they still meet their objectives,” he told reporters here yesterday.

“If not, then a rationalisation exercise should be carried out to either merge GLCs, reassign their portfolios or close them down.

“The review must also see if the GLCs are properly managed financially and that they bring returns to the Government,” Nur Jazlan said, giving the Lembaga Kemajuan Pertanian Kemubu (Kada) in Kelantan and the Cocoa Innovation Research Centre as examples of GLCs whose functions were not widely known.

“Even I did not know that such a GLC called Kada has existed all this while.”

Tags / Keywords: Government, The Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee


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