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Friday, 20 June 2014

Probe on misuse of fuel cards

NUSAJAYA: Stern action will be taken against those found to have been involved in misappropriation of funds relating to the maintenance of state vehicles and fuel cards as highlighted in the second series of the Auditor-General’s report.

The report had highlighted how a total of RM3.82mil was spent on the maintenance of vehicles under the State Secretary’s Office and Land and Mines Department.

The report also highlighted how fuel cards issued to state officials were misused with multiple transactions done within a short period of time.

State secretary Datuk Ismail Karim said that the committee would study all the points brought forward in the report and action would be taken against those responsible and if found guilty, they could be forwarded to the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission for further action.

“We are determined to right the wrongs and ensure that money is not misappropriated,” he said on Wednesday.

Ismail added that using state funds for personal gain was an offence and those found guilty could also be hauled to court.

“On future action, we hope to reduce the possibility of money being misappropriated when it comes to the maintenance of state vehicles by introducing several new policies.

“The first would be that formal approval needs to be made before the vehicles are sent for maintenance and also maintenance can only be done at authorised service centres according to the type of car in question,” he said.

He added that one of the reasons why the maintenance costs for the cars had risen between 39% and 95% was because it was fully utilised by the state executive councillors who are forced to travel to many places to fulfil their duties.

“The Proton Perdana V6 used was also about nine years old and the maintenance cost to change parts are generally quite high,” he said adding that this was one of the reasons why the state had decided to purchase a new fleet of Honda Accord cars early this year.

He added that the cars were purchased at RM1.2mil as purchases made by the state government were exempted from tax.

“We are however, still looking through the records to analyse the accounts and identify the culprits who may have been misappropriating funds,” he said adding that the same would be done for the issue relating to the fuel cards.

Ismail said that to ensure fuel cards were not misused, each car would be allocated with only one driver who could use the card.

“If the driver is sick or on leave, the replacement would have to sign a logbook and note down each fuel purchase made,” he said adding that the state was serious about solving the problems raised.

The second series of the A-G report is still in the midst of being tabled in Parliament.

Tags / Keywords: Government , Southern & Eastern Region , stern , johor , AG report


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