Some ministries have unpaid road summonses for 20 years

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  • Tuesday, 16 Jul 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 13 ministries have unpaid road summonses, with some outstanding for as long as 20 years, revealed the 2018 Auditor-General’s Report Series 1.

They had accumulated 2,081 notices of traffic offence or summonses amounting to RM425,095 from 1999 to last year.

The Agriculture and Agro-based Ministry topped the list with 1,210 unpaid summonses totalling RM249,730 from 1999 to 2018.

This was followed by the Finance Ministry with 333 unpaid summonses amounting to RM69,585, also accumulated through that period. The Youth and Sports Ministry took the third spot with an unpaid amount of RM29,250 from 135 summonses.“Among the reasons why there are unpaid summonses is because the letter of reminder was not issued by the department head to the driver/officer involved, or the driver/officer could not be traced and there was no monitoring done by the ministry in order to settle the unpaid summonses,” it said.

According to the audit report, a Treasury circular stipulated that “the department head must issue a written reminder to the driver or officer involved to settle the unpaid summonses and should they fail to do so, their salary is to be deducted”.Among the 13 ministries with unpaid summonses, the Tourism and Culture Ministry had the least, with only two unpaid ones at a total of RM500.

The other ministries with unpaid summonses were the Defence Ministry with RM28,370 from 2003 to 2018, as well as the Primary Industries Ministry and the Communications and Multimedia Ministry with 10 summonses each at RM1,900 and RM1,800 respectively.The Domestic Trade and Con­sumer Affairs Ministry had 27 unpaid summonses, all from 2018 and none outstanding before that.

The Transport Ministry was not listed among those that failed to settle their road summonses.

All these were among the 24 ministries audited.

The audit report also revealed that there were only three government departments with a total of 364 unpaid summonses amounting to RM64,260.

They were the Irrigation and Drainage Department with 224 summonses at RM39,850 accumulated from 2002 to 2018 followed by the Public Service Department with 83 summonses amounting to RM14,240 from 1999 to last year.

The only other department with unpaid summonses was the Sarawak Federal Secretary Office with 57 summonses amounting to RM10,170 from 2000 to last year.

Other matters revealed in the report included that there were 68 receipts worth RM5.08mil involving five ministries cancelled by officers not authorised to write them.

“This could cause swindling and leakages of public funds,” said the report.

It also highlighted that the Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) received RM2mil from the International Trade and Industry Ministry last year for a programme but with no supporting documents.

“There were two payment orders worth RM2mil for the Industry Readiness 4.0 audit programme to the MPC for 2018 made based on supplier’s invoices without any supporting documents or contract between the International Trade and Industry Ministry and MPC as well as between MPC and the supplier,” said the report.

It also highlighted that six ministries did not carry out surprise checks on financial duty or accounting last year.

They were the Agriculture and Agro-based Ministry, Defence Ministry, Communications and Multimedia Ministry, Education Ministry, Foreign Affairs Ministry and International Trade and Industry Ministry.

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