PETALING JAYA: There were weaknesses in areas of implementation of the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) project, said Auditor-General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang.
He said from an audit perspective, there were several weaknesses in the implementation of the project or the government would not have, in May 2009, postponed its implementation until a viability study was carried out.
Ambrin, however, said the Auditor-General's Report 2010 had never labelled the project as being in "a mess."
He said the National Audit Department had looked at how the NFC fared since it was set up in 2006.
"In the Auditor General's Report 2010, no where did words "in a mess," "in chaos" or "misappropriation" were used.
"These words were used by other parties and the department should not be held responsible.
“The department is of the opinion that if there are any elements of misappropriation in the implementation of the project, it would be up to the authorities such as the police or Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate,” he said Wednesday.
Ambrin said the audit was to evaluate whether the NFC project had been carefully planned, whether its implementation was carried out prudently and met its objective.
The audit was never on the company, National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFCorp).
He said the audit involved reviews on information obtained from several government agencies such as the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry and Finance Ministry.
He said NFC's officials also provided information when the department made a site visit in March last year.
"Audit analysis showed the objective of the National Feedlot Centre project had not been fully met and this is due to various factors as explained in the Auditor General's Report 2010,” he said.
Among them was the centre's production target, which according to an agreement signed in March 2010 was to have 38,600 heads of cattle. This was not achieved because the Entreprenuer Developement Programme involving 130 satelite farm entrepreneurs had not been implemented.
“The department would like to stress that audit into the National Feedlot Centre project was made professionally and independently without prejudice to any parties.
"Statements questioning the integrity and credibility of the department's auditors is regretted,” Ambrin said.
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