KUCHING: The Auditor-General’s Department should provide more details in its annual reports to ensure public accountability and transparency.
Making this call, Sarawak PKR vice-chairman See Chee How said the findings in the first series of the Auditor-General’s Report 2014 were scanty and did not give sufficient details.
He cited the sections on the Special Programme for Minority Bumiputra Groups of Sabah and Sarawak (PKGBM), Amanah Saham Sarawak Bhd (ASSB) and the management of mobile clinic services by the Health Ministry as examples of deficient reporting.
“The PKGBM is dedicated to the development and progress of bumiputra communities in Sabah and Sarawak. It was pointed out that there were management weaknesses and implementation deficiencies in this important programme.
“But the findings are fleeting. There should be a list of the projects and community activities in rural service centres which are said to have not been implemented yet, with names of the executing agencies.
“It is also necessary for the report to reveal how much of the RM200mil for this programme has been allocated and spent,” he told a press conference at Stampin PKR service centre here yesterday.
On ASSB, whose financial performance was described as “less satisfactory”, See said the report should have revealed the list of investments in equities which suffered net unrealised loss of RM38.51mil from June 2011 to June 2014.
He said the report should also have given details of the financial burden on the state government to support the net asset value of Amanah Saham Sarawak Trust Fund.
In addition, he said, not enough details were provided on the implementation of the 1Malaysia Mobile Clinic (KB1M) programme using buses and boats in Sarawak.
He said the only information given on the programme in the state was on the 265-day delay in the signing contract for a KB1M boat at Sungai Baram and questionable maintenance and repair of boats at Sungai Rejang.
“Such audit reporting is very unsatisfactory. This mobile clinic is a useful service for Sarawak’s rural communities. But where are the areas being provided with this service, what are its inadequacies, how much money has been spent by the Health Ministry on this programme and how has it benefited the rural communities?” See asked.
He said it was vital for the audit reports to be detailed because it involved the use of public money. “This is even more important with so many questions on how public funds have been wasted or misappropriated as well as the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax.
“Now that the government is getting more money from the public, every sen collected and used must be accounted for. There must be integrity in departments and ministries in how they use public funds,” he said.