KOTA KINABALU – The regulatory management of water in Sabah is “less than satisfactory”, according to the 2015 Auditor-General’s Report Series 2.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said it was scrutinising the weaknesses in the practices, systems and procedures of the Sabah State Water Department (JANS) for the purpose of improving the work process specifically related to the procurement of infrastructure maintenance work.
“This effort is to seal the room and opportunities for corruption, irregularities and abuse of power in the implementation of JANS projects,” the MACC said in a statement.
Last month, the MACC arrested the JANS director and deputy director and has so far seized more than RM114.5 million.
The Auditor-General’s Report said the audit carried out between March 2016 and July 2016 found, among others, that the construction of dams had yet to be implemented pending engineering work.
Besides, the report said, a study on the water requirement was not carried out at the district level to evaluate the provision of water compared to the need for water.
According to the report, for the period 2013 to 2015, the Division of Water Resources was allocated RM680,000 for management and RM560,000 or 82.53 per cent was spent.
The report recommended that a water regulatory body be established to ensure management of water in an efficient and orderly manner.
“The Department of Irrigation and Drainage (JPS) must expedite the gazetting process to ensure that the water catchment is always protected and enforce licensing to generate revenue and monitor water activities,” the report said. – BERNAMA