A-G’s Report: Plug leaks, Zahid tells Rural Ministry

KUALA LUMPUR: The top management of the Rural and Regional Development Ministry has been instructed to take immediate action on the recent findings of the Auditor-General's Report 2021, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Rural and Regional Development Minister, said it includes focusing on aspects of leakages, misappropriation and abuse of power.

"There are not many leakages occurring (in the ministry). I told the ministry’s top management meeting that we must take immediate steps to rectify the audit findings, which focus on several things, including leakages and irregularities.

"This matter must be given immediate attention by the top management and officers,” he said at a press conference after attending the Felcra briefing delivered by Felcra chief executive officer Datuk Mat Roni Zakaria here today (Jan 19).

Yesterday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, was reported to have instructed Cabinet ministers to scrutinise all remarks in the Auditor-General's Report 2021, especially involving recurring matters which have not been addressed.

Anwar said that scrutiny must be carried out, especially on expenses, leakages, and matters of non-compliance with conditions and regulations, involving their respective ministries.

Commenting on the development of the reappointment issue of former Machang MP Datuk Ahmad Jazlan as Felcra chairman, Ahmad Zahid said that it will be coordinated with the appointment of chairmen in all other agencies.

On Dec 16, Ahmad Zahid announced the reappointment of Ahmad Jazlan as Felcra chairman after taking into account the wishes of the representatives of Koperasi Peserta-Peserta Felcra Malaysia Bhd, however, the Prime Minister announced that the reappointment was postponed. - Bernama

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