KUALA LUMPUR – The Public Accounts Committee today called for a review of the system of distributing subsidised diesel to fishermen, and even suggested that another entity assume the task now undertaken by the Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia (LKIM).
PAC chairman Datuk Seri Hasan Arifin said it was necessary to determine whether the distribution of subsidised diesel met the objective to reduce the burden of the people and whether the cost of management was reasonable.
“If the government thinks the subsidy scheme is still necessary, the system of distributing the subsidised diesel should be revamped,” he said in a statement in reference to the PAC Report on Smuggling and Misappropriation of Subsidised Diesel tabled in the Dewan Rakyat.
He said the measures implemented in stages to improve the system had failed to check wastage and leakages.
Hasan said the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry and LKIM would have to identify the individuals involved in the irregularities pertaining to the subsidised fuel and act against them.
“The increase did not tally with the demand of the fisheries industry and no explanation was given by the Dopmestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry.
“The PAC views this matter seriously because it can lead to leakages involving billions of ringgit of public funds,” he said. – BERNAMA