AG report: PAC to question several agencies on discrepancies

KUALA LUMPUR: Several government agencies will be called up by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to explain themselves, following the tabling of the Auditor General’s Report 2018, which found several cases of discrepancies.

“The PAC identified a few issues involving government departments that can be addressed by the committee,” said its chairman Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad (pic) to reporters during a press conference in Parliament on Monday (July 15).

According to Dr Noraini, Auditor-General Datuk Nik Azman Nik Abdul Majid found seven cases of improper payment by government agencies involving RM38.73mil.

“The National Audit Department also found five cases of leakages concerning RM1.764bil, and six cases involving RM26.47mil, which was categorised as wasteful.”

Among the projects that the PAC will be looking into were the Socio-Economic Development of Malaysian Indians programme, the management of foreign workers under the Home Ministry and the Human Resources Ministry, the Trauma and Emergency Departments of four Klang Valley hospitals, and others, said Dr Noraini.

Dr Noraini also said that the LPG (liquid petroleum gas) subsidy payments by the Finance Ministry and the Customs Department, the construction of the sports school in Perlis, as well as a project in Pagoh, will be looked into by the PAC.

She blamed the issues on weaknesses in project planning, unorganised contract management, lack of quality control and monitoring.

Nik Azman, who was present during the press conference, said that the discrepancies occurred due to a disregard of government procedures and rules.

As an example, Nik Azman said that the Trauma and Emergency departments at four hospitals in Klang Valley were under-performing in its service.

“Even though no laws were broken, I feel that this is an important service and the PAC should call the ministry for an explanation,” he said.

The Auditor-General’s Report 2018 Series 1 on Financial Management, activities of federal and state companies of ministries, department, agencies and statutory bodies, was tabled in Parliament on Monday (July 15).

The Audit Department, in a statement on Monday (July 15), said that from the 54 bodies audited, 14 ministries, department and statutory bodies were graded good, followed by satisfactory (five) and unsatisfactory (1).


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