Perak PAC in the dark over delay in MAPS audit report

IPOH: The state Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is puzzled why it is taking an audit firm so long to hand over the full forensic audit report on the now-closed Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS).

To their knowledge, the report was ready but they had yet to receive it, said newly-appointed Perak PAC chairman Datuk Abdul Manaf Hashim.

“The full payment of RM400,000 has been paid to the firm to carry out the audit but there is no news on the matter despite being told that the report is ready.

“We have written to the audit firm asking for the report. We will see what happens next, ” he said.

The RM520mil theme park had been closed since the end of January. It first opened in June 2017.

The previous PAC chairman Leong Cheok Keng from Pakatan Harapan had accused the previous state administration (Barisan Nasional) for the closure and losses of MAPS.

On Jan 29, former mentri besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said he would be seeking legal advice over allegations made against him regarding the closure of the park and embezzlement of funds.

Abdul Manaf, who is also Pengkalan Baru assemblyman, told the audit firm to expedite the handover of the report.

“If it is ready, then why the delay. I am sure everyone is eager to know what is in the report, but I don’t understand why the firm is taking so long to hand it over, ” he said.

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