PAC: Resolve LPG subsidy issue fast

THE Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has summoned the Domestic Trade and Consumerism Ministry over the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) subsidy management issue.

PAC chairman Wong Kah Woh said they were not satisfied with the ministry’s reply given through the Finance Ministry, which stated that the targeted subsidy study would only be completed by the third quarter of next year.

“For PAC, we opined that the timeline is too long. If we were to wait for the report to be completed in the third quarter of 2021, this issue may not be resolved.

“PAC decided to summon the ministry for an 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,” he said at a press conference in Parliament yesterday.

Wong said PAC would also summon the Special Investigation Committee on Governance, Procurement and Finance chairman Tan Sri Ambrin Buang over the Defence Ministry’s land swap deal and the Transport Ministry’s Automated Enforcement System (AES) issue.

“We will listen to Ambrin’s briefing first.

“PAC will then decide whether to commence proceedings over those issues,” he added.

Wong also said that Gerik MP Datuk Hasbullah Osman and Cameron Highlands MP Ramli Mohd Nor were chosen as PAC members after Tanjung Karang MP Tan Sri Noh Omar and Pontian MP Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan resigned from the committee.

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