Deputy chairman says PAC needs to be restructured without further delay

KUALA LUMPUR: There should not be any more delays in restructuring Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC), says its deputy chairman Wong Kah Woh.

"Dewan Rakyat has met for a total of six weeks since its first meeting on May 18 yet there has been no news on the restructuring of the PAC.

"The PAC is a crucial check and balance of the government administration but it is now paralysed," he told reporters at a press conference in Parliament on Tuesday (Aug 18).

He said the bi-partisan PAC needed to be restructured as several of its members resigned following their appointments as ministers and deputy ministers in the Perikatan Nasional government.

Wong, who is Ipoh Timur MP, said the delay has resulted in the inability of the PAC to hold any meetings or table its findings on the Auditor-General's 2018 Report.

"We have completed three reports but they cannot be tabled in Parliament," he said.

He added that the first series on the Auditor-General's 2019 Report is expected to be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat this Monday (Aug 24).

"The PAC may have to wait till November to probe the findings of the Auditor-General's Report if it is not restructured before the end of the Dewan Rakyat meeting this Aug 27," he noted.

Besides Datuk Noraini Ahmad's (BN-Parit Sulong) resignation as PAC chairman, others who relinquished their posts included Datuk Seri Ahmad Hamzah (BN-Jasin), Datuk Seri Ismail Mohamed Said (BN-Kuala Krau), and Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan (PAS-Kota Baru).

Noraini was appointed as Higher Education Minister, Ahmad as Agriculture and Food Industries Deputy Minister, Ismail Mohamed as Deputy Home Minister and Takiyuddin as Minister in the Prime Minister's Department.

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