Khairy: 'Government funds are public monies. We must be accountable for each sen spent.'
PETALING JAYA: There will be no more K-Pop groups performing at the National Youth Day celebrations starting from this year, said Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
Khairy said this after the Auditor-General’s Report listed a RM1.6mil bill to pay K-Pop groups who were brought to perform in Putrajaya in July last year.
It was previously reported that the ministry had secured sponsors who were paying for the costs of bringing three K-Pop groups for the celebrations.
Khairy explained that the earlier statement was made when there were offers to sponsor the show.
“However, the sponsorship was not given in the end and the ministry had to pay for the concert,” he said in a statement on his Facebook page.
The National Youth Day 2012, costing RM2.94mil, was among the projects cited in the A-G’s Report for high expenditure and not adhering to prudent spending guidelines.
The report also recommended that the Youth and Sports Department investigate the wastage of funds from the Rakan Muda membership card programme and take action against those involved.
The expenditure for the programme rose to RM4.45mil in 2010 from RM3.32mil initially accrued in 2008.
The report said that not enough cards were distributed to youths. The cards were meant for those who actively participated in the programme.
Khairy said that he has asked for detailed reports for the items mentioned in the A-G’s Report before appropriate action was taken on those cases.
“Government funds are public monies. We must be accountable for each sen spent,” he said.