SHAH ALAM, 10 Oct: The authorities need to take comprehensive action on the leakages mentioned in the Auditor-General’s 2012 Report to avoid it from being overlooked.
The Publicity Secretary for DAP, Tony Pua, did not rule out the involvement of many parties in the issue and wants the Central Government to not be tolerant of offenders.
“The people cannot accept being disappointed every year with the Audit Report, (and) finding out that there were various scandals.
“Why does this happen every year? Even when we work hard it still happens. This question is in the minds of many.
“The answer is the same. For five years I was in the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the conclusion is that they have no intention to solve this problem,” he said.
He was speaking at the Wacana Sinar discourse entitled ‘Audit Report: Leakage or Overlooked’ which was also participated by the Auditor-General, Tan Sri Ambrin Buang and the Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohammed.
So far, Tony said, the government has not taken any decisive action to overcome the problem of leakages, especially in government departments.
“When asked about (follow-up) actions, 95 percent of the answers were to only give a letter of reprimand. If there is no action, they will be negligent to no end. If no action is taken, perhaps heads of departments are involved,” he said.
In relation to that, he said that the authorities should conduct a thorough investigation so that offenders will be punished and made an example to others.