REPORTS BY MARTIN CARVALHO, HEMANANTHANI SIVANANDAM, RAHIMY RAHIM AND TARRENCE TAN
TOP civil servants and heads of ministries and agencies must appear at proceedings when they are summoned by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), says Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad.
The PAC chairman said since she took over the post in April, there had been cases of secretaries-general and directors not turning up at proceedings despite being issued prior notice of at least 10 days.
“They only sent representatives to attend PAC proceedings.
“And more disappointing for me and PAC members is that they did not even bother to reply to the notice to confirm their attendance,” she said in a statement.
Noraini took over from Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee as PAC chairman on April 11.
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 responsibilities, and the committee is open to changing dates if they are unable to appear at proceedings.
“They should reply through an official letter to inform us of their attendance or if they want to request any change in dates of the proceedings.
“I will write a letter to the Chief Secretary to the Government regarding this matter so that all secretaries-general and directors understand their responsibility to attend PAC proceedings,” Noraini added.
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