PAC to question errant govt agencies

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  • Tuesday, 16 Jul 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Several government agencies will be called up by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to explain discrepancies found in the Auditor-General’s Report 2018.

“The PAC identified a few issues involving government departments,” said its chairman Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad.

According to 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 were categorised as wasteful,” she told a press conference in Parlia­ment yesterday.

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.

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 the education in Pagoh, would also be looked into by the PAC.

She blamed the issues to 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.

On the Trauma and Emergency departments at the four hospitals in the Klang Valley, he said they were under-performing.

“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 Audit Department, in a statement, 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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