IPOH: The Perak Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will conduct a closed-door hearing in regards to the Mentri Besar Incorporated’s (MB Inc) financial records.
The committee chairman Leong Cheok Keng said the decision was made following a letter by state assembly speaker Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham dated Feb 15.
“According to the ruling, PAC is allowed to regulate its own procedures and allowed to conduct a public hearing.
“However, to avoid any controversy and with respect to former Perak mentri besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir, the hearing will be conducted closed-door,” he told reporters at the state secretariat building here Thursday (Feb 21)
Leong said the hearing will be on March 5 and 6 and three key witnesses will be called.
“The three witnesses are Dr Zambry, former MB Inc CEO Datuk Aminuddin Hashim and current MB Inc CEO Anuar Zainal Abdin,” he said.
On Nov 27 last year, Dr Zambry walked out before the PAC public hearing could start.
He called the public hearing unconventional, and said he was willing to stay if it was held behind closed doors.
Dr Zambry said that a PAC hearing is conducted if an audit by the Auditor-General found discrepancies, and witnesses were called to provide information in front of the committee members only.
Leong also announced that accounting firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) would be conducting a forensic audit on the Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) over matters relating to its profits and losses.
“The report will be ready within two months. This is a huge development to investigate MAPS’ losses over the years,” he said.
On Oct 8, 2018 Leong announced that MAPS and MB Inc would undergo forensic audit to check if there was negligence or fraud.