PAC wants Audit Act amendments to include its role

KUALA LUMPUR: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is requesting for the government to include the parliamentary select committee’s role and responsibilities in the proposed amendments to the Audit Act 1957, says its chairman Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin (pic).

She said this is crucial so that PAC could carry out its duties in a more established and effective manner.

Amendments to the Audit Act is expected to be tabled next year.

“The Auditor-General has informed that the government plans to amend the Audit Act and the PAC is requesting the government to include its role and responsibilities in the amendments,” Mas Ermieyati said at a press conference yesterday. She said legal advice would also be sought over the matter.“I believe there will be engagements from time to time, we can discuss this. It is good to forge cooperation for the future,” she added.

In 2019, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s administration planned to amend the Act to give more authority and clout to the Auditor-General.

“The Auditor-General must be free to take action that he thinks fit,” he said.

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