Tuesday October 16, 2012
PAC: We will check flaws
Reports by MARTIN CARVALHO and FLORENCE A. SAMY
THE Public Accounts Committee will meet next week to decide which of the 30 federal departments with weaknesses will be called for further investigation.
PAC chairman Datuk Seri Azmi Khalid said the Auditor-General’s Department had recommended several departments which required further investigation.
“There are about 30 federal departments but it is not necessary to call all. The list is with us. We will definitely look at those with glaring weaknesses,” he told a press conference after a briefing by Auditor-General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang yesterday.
Feedback, Azmi added, would be obtained directly for those with minor weaknesses.
Azmi said the weaknesses, namely in procurement of equipment, maintenance of government buildings and handling of contracts, were almost the same every year despite the audits being carried out randomly.
Each year it would happen although there had been some improvement, he said.
“We have been informed that the Government has started an initiative to improve this.
“We have asked feedback from the Government on what action has been taken against administrative officers who have conflict of interest,” said Azmi.
He noted that more government departments had received a “four-star” rating compared to 2010, especially departments at the state level.
The number has increased from 34 to 66 last year.
Meanwhile, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said the Auditor-General’s Report was tabled yesterday to ensure it did not divert attention from the Budget debates as well to give MPs enough time to study the reports.
He reiterated that the Government had nothing to hide in tabling it later, as was the practice last year.
“By tabling the A-G report today (yesterday) we will also give MPs time to read the reports as they will have one week to read it before raising it next week.
“If it is true that there was something to hide, then it is better not to table it at all,” he said.