AG’s Report Asks For Sterner Action

Government officers responsible for the discrepancies highlighted by the Auditor-General’s (AG) report should face punitive action, including court proceedings, to ensure these problems do not recur. Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching said there must be quick remedial and punitive action against those who have misused the public funds.

“The AG’s report in 2012 revealed many discrepancies resulting in the loss of billions of ringgit, but what actions have been taken in light of this revelation?” she asked at a press conference at the Parliament lobby today. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassin, in a written reply on March 31, had stated that 39 show-cause letters had been issued to 30 officers and nine retired officers.

Shahidan said that 17 investigation papers have been transferred to the Attorney-General’s Chambers by MACC, where nine were closed as the cases presented were not strong, seven have been referred back to MACC for further investigations, and only one officer was charged in the Kota Baru sessions court with document forging. “So much public fund was wasted… I urge the government to take more stern and drastic action,” said Teo.

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