Perak PAC says still waiting for forensic audit report on MAPS theme park

IPOH: The Perak Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is still waiting to get a full forensic audit report on the Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) theme park, says Datuk Abdul Manaf Hashim.

The newly appointed PAC chairman under the Perikatan Nasional-run state government said that although to their knowledge the report was ready, the PAC had yet to receive it from the audit firm.

“The full RM400,000 has been paid to the audit firm to carry out the report, but until now there has been no news on the matter.

“We have written to the audit firm asking them for the report, and we will wait and see what happens next,” he told reporters after a PAC meeting held at the state secretariat building here Thursday (July 23).

The RM520mil theme park, which has been closed since the end of January, first opened to the public in June 2017.

The previous PAC chairman Leong Cheok Keng from the Pakatan Harapan coalition had blamed the previous Barisan Nasional state administration for MAPS’ losses and closure.

On Jan 29, former Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said he would be seeking legal advice over allegations made against him in connection to the closure of the theme park and alleged embezzlement of funds.

Manaf, also the Pengkalan Baru assemblyman, urged the audit firm to quickly hand over the full report.

“I will not be able to make any comments over the matter until I have the report in my hands.

“I'm sure everyone is eager to see what is in the report, but I don’t understand why the firm is taking so long to hand in the report. If it is ready, then why the delay,” he asked.

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