A forensic audit will be carried out on two government-affiliated entities that are under scrutiny, Perak Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Leong Cheok Keng said.
He said the Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) theme park and the Mentri Besar Incorporated (MB Inc) would undergo the audit process.
Leong, who is also Malim Nawar assemblyman, said the public had been curious as to why these two organisations were in a negative light lately and to ensure fairness, an audit would be necessary.
“For all you know, it could be nothing but just bad luck, or bad commercial decisions.
“A forensic audit seeks to find negligence, gross negligence or fraud. If no such element is found then there is no need to conduct a public hearing, but if there is, we will call witnesses forward,” he told a press conference at the state secretariat building.
The other committee members present include Datuk Aznel Ibrahim (BN-Pengkalan Hulu), Datuk Mohd Khusairi Abdul Talib (BN-Slim), Razman Zakaria (PAS-Gunung Semanggol), and Yahaya Mat Nor (Amanah-Pasir Panjang).
Perak DAP chairman Nga Kor Ming recently said that the previous Barisan Nasional state government must bear responsibility for the theme park’s RM474.4mil losses over the past five years.
Nga said he received the “shocking” figure in a written reply during the state assembly sitting when he asked Perak Mentri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu to reveal MAPS’ profits or losses.
It was also reported that Ahmad Faizal expressed his disappointment over the dealings of several state GLCs, including MB Inc.
He said prior to taking over the state government, they noticed many dubious deals that did not benefit the state.
Ahmad Faizal said the Perak State Development Corporation incurred a RM600mil debt, and there were questionable deals made by MB Inc.
Leong said the committee would be getting quotations from three international accounting firms, and would decide which one to engage in the next meeting.
He said one of the accounting firms offered to carry out the task at cost, as a form of national service.
“But we need to see what ‘at cost’ means, because the quotation should be within our budget,” he added.
Meanwhile, Leong said PAC would be calling representatives of the state’s local councils to present reports explaining the high number of illegal billboards in Perak.
He said two councils had been investigated to-date, and the remaining 13 councils would need to attend the next meeting set for Nov 15.
“We were told that many billboards are illegal or without some necessary licences,” he added.
Leong said PAC would also give a notice to the Perak Water Board (LAP) to present a report on the non-revenue water issue.
He said PAC wanted to know why this problem had not been resolved, and LAP’s plans to tackle it.