Ambrin out of retirement to head panel on governance


PETALING JAYA: Just over a year after he retired as Auditor-General, Tan Sri Ambrin Buang (pic) is back in the fray – this time as chair of a special committee to investigate governance in ministries and agencies.

Ambrin, 68, is the latest addition to the ranks of former high-ranking officials roped in by Tun Dr Maha­thir Mohamad’s Pakatan Harapan administration to address the previous administration’s wrongdoings and improve governance.

Others who have been recalled to serve include former Attorney General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Moha­med, MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull and Bukit Aman Special Branch director Datuk Abdul Hamid Bador.

While Abdul Gani, Abu Kassim, Mohd Shukri and Abdul Hamid were co-opted to become members of a special task force to probe the 1MDB scandal, Ambrin is in charge of a committee that will scrutinise procurement and finances of ministries and agencies, starting with the Defence Ministry.

Tan Sri Ambrin Buang delivering his closing remarks at the Open Government Partnership Conference at Sunway Putra Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

The Prime Minister announced the setting up of the special investigations committee after the Cabinet meeting yesterday to probe issues related to governance, procurement and finances.

“The committee will look at these areas in all ministries, beginning with the Defence Ministry,” he said.

Ambrin, when contacted on his appointment, pledged to do his best.

“I hope to start soon,” he said when asked when he would be reporting for duty as chairman of the Special Committee.

He said he hoped that other members of the committee would be appointed quickly.

“I don’t know who they are yet, but I will be informed soon,” he added.

Ambrin was appointed Auditor-General on Feb 23, 2006, and served in the position until his retirement on Feb 22 last year.

Born in Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur, he joined the then Trade and Industry Ministry in 1971 after graduating from Uni­versiti Malaya with a degree in economics.

He rose up the ranks in the ministry to become assistant director-­general (small-scale industries division) in 1981 after obtaining a master’s degree in international business at the University of South Carolina in the United States.

Ambrin also served as minister-counsellor at the Malaysian Embassy in Tokyo and as senior general manager of administration and finance at Kuala Lumpur International Airport Bhd.

Ambrin was Selangor state secretary from 1999 to 2001 as well as Education Ministry secre­tary-­general, a post he held until 2006.

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