Malaysian civil servant among 85 punished for offences

Malaysian civil servant among 85 punished for offences
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KUALA LUMPUR - Only one civil servant has been sacked so far over the wastages found in the Auditor-General's Report 2012.

In a media session on the Auditor-General's Report 2013 (third series), Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa said that the personnel was among 85 civil servants punished over problems found in last year's report.

"For the 2012 of Nov 5 this year...108 officers have been sentenced by disciplinary boards, where 85 were found guilty while 23 were found innocent," he said yesterday.

He did not mention what offence the officer had been sacked for, adding that the other 84 had been slapped with surcharges, warnings and frozen salaries, among others.

The 108 civil servants were part of a larger group of 175 officers still being investigated over offences detailed in last year's report.

The remaining 67, he said, were still undergoing disciplinary proceedings.

Some of the problems found in the Auditor-General's Report 2012 were the RM2bil (S$774mil) wasted on dubious school security and grossly overpriced equipment - including a RM3,810 clock that should have cost just RM100.

During the session, Dr Ali some 46 civil servants were being investigated over wastages found in the most recent Auditor-General's report, which was disclosed on Monday.

The 46 were found to have come from five out of 20 "punitive reprimands" (or cases), meaning that power abuse and misconduct might have been a factor in the wastages.

Within the 20 reprimands, two are being investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission while the other 13 were being looked into by federal agencies.

The 20 punitive cases were also part of a much larger group of reprimands found within the A-G's third series, where a further 475 reprimands were deemed "corrective".

Instead of being based on specific human factors, these appear to have been due to system and internal procedural problems.

These, Dr Ali said, were being "improved" by their respective ministries.

As for the other two 2013 A-G report series, Dr Ali said disciplinary proceedings will be carried out against 48 officers reported under 19 "punitive reprimands".

Evidence found under another 55 punitive reprimands were not strong enough for officers to face disciplinary action, while another six were still being investigated, he added.

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