PUTRAJAYA: The committee investigating governance, procurement and finance sat for its first meeting by looking at some projects under the Ministry of Defence.
The committee chaired by former Auditor-General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang is looking at several procurements of the ministry at the request of the minister.
Ambrin said apart from conducting investigations, the committee is also responsible to advice the government on how to ensure effective procurement and prevent leakages.
"We are not here just to investigate cases. Our role is also to recommend measures so that leakages can be prevented that will result in higher revenue for the country," he told reporters after chairing the committee's first meeting on Monday.
Asked if the Scorpene project would be among Mindef's procurements that would be investigated by the committee, Ambrin said: "I can't say yes or no."
Probes carried out by the committee would be handed over to the Cabinet.
"If there is a reason for authorities to act, it will be stated in the report. Likewise, if we don't find any wrongdoings, it will also be stated in the report," said Ambrin.
Other members of the committee are:
* Tan Sri Dr Abdul Samad Alias, former president of Malaysian Institute of Accountants
* Datuk Dr Mohd Tap Salleh, former secretary-general of Rural and Regional Developement Ministry
* Datuk Dr Anis Yusal Yusof, director general Integrity and Governance Department
* Datin Paduka Ong Swee Leng, former director of audit, National Audit Department
* Dr Zulqarnain Lukman, lawyer, and;
* Rosli Yaakob, head of secretariat.
The Cabinet, during its meeting on May 30, had agreed to the setting up of the committee. Its role is to investigate the issues of governance, procurement and finance in ministries and agencies.
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