KUALA LUMPUR – The Auditor-General’s Report 2014 Series 2 revealed that Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) had purchased 14 types of toner at significantly different prices from 2012 to 2014.
The auditing found that the university had spent between RM304,772 and RM539,803 in 2012 to 2014 for the procurement of toner of the same types.
“Auditing also found significant differences in the prices of the same types of toner purchased from different suppliers in the same year.
“The highest and the lowest prices for the 14 types of toners had been compared and it was found that the difference was as high as 91 per cent,” said the report which was tabled at the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.
According to the report, the toner type HPCB541A purchased at a price of RM188 on Sept 13, 2013, was acquired at a price of RM359 from other supplier on Sept 19, 2013.
UTM, in its feedback dated April 29, 2015, admitted that the purchase of the 14 types of toner was made above the market price.
Meanwhile, for Universiti Malaya (UM), auditing found that the construction of its seven-storey building, which began in 2011, had yet to be completed, resulting to having additional cost of RM839,290.
The completion time for the project was extended six times with the final completion date was said to be on Feb 28, 2014.
“Auditing found that a construction project which remained incomplete for two years and four months showed a weak project monitoring mechanism,” the report said.
It was also recommended that the university made a detailed review during the tender evaluation process to ensure the contractor’s capability to implement the project. – Bernama