Top civil servants, agency heads warned not to skip proceedings if summoned by PAC

KUALA LUMPUR: Top civil servants and heads of agencies and ministries have been warned to appear at proceedings when they are summoned by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), says its chairman Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad.

She said there were cases when secretary-generals and directors failed to attend PAC proceedings, despite being issued with prior notice of meeting of at least ten days, since she took over as the chairman on April 11.

"Instead, the secretary-generals and directors only send representatives to attend PAC proceedings. And more disappointing for me and PAC members, they do not even bother to reply the notice of meeting that was submitted to officially confirm their attendance," she said in a statement on Monday (July 1).

Noraini took over from Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee as the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman in April.

She said such attitude clearly shows the lack of respect towards Parliament, which is one of the highest branches in the country, in line with the democratic parliamentary system practised by Malaysia.

The Parit Sulong MP reminded top civil servants that they were bound by the government's regulations, which holds them accountable to the PAC.

"I understand their busy schedule and responsibility as secretary-generals, directors and the committee is open towards any date changes from the respective agencies if they are unable to appear in front of the PAC.

"Secretary-generals and directors should reply through an official letter to the PAC to inform us of their attendance or if they want to request for any changes in dates of the proceedings.

"Based on that, I will write a letter to the Chief Secretary to the Government regarding this matter, so all secretary-generals and directors understand their responsibility to attend PAC proceedings," she said.

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