PARLIAMENT: AT THE DEWAN RAKYAT
THERE are still loopholes that need to be addressed to deal with continued diesel smuggling, said Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed.
“The PAC will recall officers from the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consume-rism Ministry as we are still not satisfied with how subsidised diesel is managed due to the existence of loopholes that can be exploited,” he told reporters after chairing a PAC meeting in Parliament.
He cited as an example the present Fleet Card system, which allows room for collusion between the ministry’s enforcement officers and diesel smugglers.
“The Fleet Card could be swiped by multiple users or car owners if not properly monitored by enforcement officers,” he said.
The present system, he said, did not fully utilise IT to better keep tabs on the sale of subsidised diesel.
Also called to answer PAC was the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry, the main ministries regulating subsidised diesel.
Nur Jazlan said the two ministries were called up due to recent Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission cases where several government officers were found to be involved in smuggling subsidised diesel.
“One officer was found to have RM1.5mil in his account. We want to probe this matter as to why diesel is easily smuggled,” he added.
He said the PAC also wanted to know why enforcement efforts had not been effective in curbing diesel smuggling and preventing people from gaining illicit profits from it.