Auditor-General's Report: 17 performance audits carried out on 13 ministries involving RM90.635bil


KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Seventeen performance audits of RM90.635bil were carried out involving programmes, activities and projects at 13 ministries for the Auditor-General’s Report 2019 Series 2.

Auditor-General Datuk Nik Azman Nik Abdul Majid (pic) in a statement issued after the tabling of the report at the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday (Sept 28) said 62 recommendations have also been submitted on the activities of the ministries, federal departments and statutory bodies to enable corrective and improvement actions to be taken.

He said the National Audit Department (NAD) in conjunction with the A-G's Report 2019 Series 2 had also conducted performance audits on 21 programmes, activities and projects involving 26 departments and 10 state government agencies, as well as 11 management audits of state government companies.

For that, he said a total of 130 recommendations for improvement had been submitted, namely 88 recommendations to be considered for implementation by state departments and agencies and 42 recommendations by state government companies.

Nik Azman said the performance audits were conducted in accordance with Section 6 (d) of the Audit Act 1957 and guided by international auditing standards issued by the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (Intosai).

He said the audit is to assess whether government activities, projects, programmes have been implemented prudently, efficiently and effectively, as well as the extent of the objectives that these activities, projects, programmes were achieved.

"It also aims to assess the extent where public money has been spent prudently, efficiently and effectively without waste and get the best value for money,” he said.

Overall, Nik Azman said the audit found that the implementation of government activities, projects and programmes had been done according to the set objectives.

However, he said there were still issues of inefficiency and non-compliance, as well as weaknesses in the management of activities, projects and programmes that affected its efficiency and effectiveness to produce the expected output, results and impact.

On the management audits of seven Federal Government companies, Nik Azman said five companies were found to have achieved the objectives of their establishment, and two others, yet to fully achieve their objectives.

"For good corporate governance practice, only one company was found to be at a good level, five companies were at a satisfactory level, and one company was still at an unsatisfactory level.

"For financial status audit, five companies were stable, while two others showed an unstable financial position,” he said.

He said 41 recommendations had been submitted to the management of the companies to be considered for implementation to enable corrective action and improvement to be taken.

The A-G's Report Series 2 on the activities of ministries, federal government departments and federal bodies, will be uploaded on NAD’s website at http://www.audit.gov.my, after the tabling at the Dewan Rakyat.

At the state level, it can only be uploaded to the NAD’s website after it is tabled at their respective State Assembly sittings.

Issues on A-G's Report 2019 Series 2 will also be uploaded to the Auditor-General’s Dashboard (AGD) portal.

Meanwhile, Nik Azman said the A-G's Report 2019 Series 2 was initially scheduled to be tabled at Dewan Rakyat in March, but Parliament could not sit as scheduled following the Proclamation of Emergency on Jan 12.

"Despite the delay in the tabling of the report at Dewan Rakyat, the audit findings reported in the A-G's Report were still relevant in improving the management of activities, projects and programmes of the ministries, departments, agencies, as well as federal and state government companies,” he said.

The NAD had also improved the reporting of A-G's Report this time around by providing the summary of the audit findings through various infographics, he added. - Bernama
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