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PAC To Summon Ministries, Government Department, Agencies Over AG Report

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will summon nine ministries and five government departments and agencies to provide clarification on the 3rd series of the 2013 Auditor General’s Report that was presented in Dewan Rakyat, Monday.

Its chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said the nine ministries are the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, Ministry of Tourism and Culture, the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Communication and Multimedia, the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health.

“For example, the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development need to explain a few things on its 1Azam programme such as selection of participants and the provisions that were given,” he said.

He said the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, will be called to clarify the management of the events in programmes organised, while the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry would be called to explain the management of paddy seeds subsidy.

“All of them will be called in stages beginning January, and reports on the results of the meeting will be tabled in Parliament in March,” he said told reporters at the presentation of the Auditor General’s Report after a meeting with the Deputy Auditor-General Datuk Anwari Suri at the Parliament House, here.

Nur Jazlan said the five agencies to be hauled up will be the Department of Veterans Affairs (Ministry of Defence) over the management of benefit payments to retirees of the Armed Forces and the Accountant General’s Department (Ministry of Finance) over the management of unclaimed funds.

Also called will be the Royal Malaysia Police Force (Home Ministry) over the management of patrol vehicles and motorcycles of the Mobile Patrol Unit and the management of traffic summonses.

In addition, to be called would be Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Ministry of Rural and Regional Development) over the construction of its Mara Junior Science College (MRSM) Arau, Kuala Kangsar, and Mara Higher Vocational College Lenggong and the management of Syarikat Malaysia Institute of Aviation Technology Sdn Bhd.

“Other agencies to be called are the Department of Environment (Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment) over the management of privatization activity for air monitoring and enforcement of mobile and stationary sources.”

Asked about the audit report, Nur Jazlan said he was surprised by the increase in the number of ministries and agencies that will be called in this series compared with the previous series. – Bernama

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