Malaysia accounts committee will seek explanations from some ministries

Malaysia accounts committee will seek explanations from some ministries

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is set to call up a few government agencies and ministries to explain the additional expenses incurred by their respective operations as reported in the latest Auditor-General's Report.

PAC chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said among those who will be called up in the fresh probe were officials from the National Film Development Corporation (Finas), Public Works Department (PWD) and the Education Ministry.

On when the witnesses will be called in for the probe, he said it would be possibly be next month, adding that many officials would be on leave in December.

Nur Jazlan also noted that the series of investigations on the previous audit was not yet complete as there were pending issues, such as the quality of security guards in schools.

"We have asked the relevant minister to come and explain. It's not just an issue of policy, but implementation," he said after chairing the PAC meeting.

Nur Jazlan also said the Transport Ministry had explained expenses involving the Kota Kinabalu Airport during the PAC meeting last week, but lacked time to address the issue of KLIA 2 construction expenses.

He said Finas had an unsatisfactory rating while some accounts were not submitted.

PWD needs to explain the construction of the second East Coast Highway, which incurred additional expenses close to RM800mil, he said.

The highway construction cost had been estimated at RM2.2bil (S$858 million), but it was completed at RM2.9bil.

Nur Jazlan said PAC would also call on the Education Ministry to explain an R&D project by Universiti Malaysia Terengganu involving the R&D Discovery ship construction.

The ship construction is three years behind schedule and is still not fully completed, he added.

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