PAC to summon Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry over LPG subsidy issue

KUALA LUMPUR: The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) will be summoned to appear before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) over the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) subsidy management issue.

PAC chairman Wong Kah Woh said the committee was not satisfied with the ministry’s reply that was given through the Finance Ministry, saying that its targeted subsidy study would only be completed by the third quarter next year.

“For PAC, we opined that this timeline is too long and if we were to wait for this report to be completed in the third quarter of 2021, then this issue may not be solved in the two or three coming years.

“Therefore, the PAC decided to summon KPDNHEP to give further explanation and we will not give a long deadline because we don’t want national funds or LPG subsidies to continue suffering from serious leakages as reported previously.”

Speaking to reporters at a press conference in Parliament on Thursday (Nov 12), Wong said the PAC will also summon the Special Investigation Committee on Governance, Procurement and Finance chairman Tan Sri Ambrin Buang regarding the Defence Ministry’s land swap issue and the Automated Enforcement System (AES) issue under the Transport Ministry.

“We will listen to Ambrin’s briefing first. The PAC will then decide whether to commence proceedings for those issues,” he added.

On another matter, Wong also said Gerik MP Datuk Hasbullah Osman and Cameron Highlands MP Ramli Mohd Nor had been chosen to be part of the PAC to replace Tanjung Karang MP Tan Sri Noh Omar and Pontian MP Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan.

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