Top officials to be 'grilled' on latest audit

Top officials to be 'grilled' on latest audit

PETALING JAYA - Top officials of ministries and agencies singled out in the recent Auditor-General's Report will come under the spotlight today.

At a media session to be held in Putrajaya, reporters will be given the chance to "grill" them on discrepancies identified in the 2014 Auditor-General's Report (Series 2) tabled in Parliament on June 15.

The session, organised by Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, aims to allow the media to get answers directly from top officials of ministries and agencies named in the public spending audit.

The most recent instalment of the Auditor-General's Report, which is released three times a year, has highlighted a number of issues that have raised public anger.

These include the purchase of RM600,000 worth of Arowana in a breeding programme where the fish have failed to spawn for the past four years, an unauthorised officer signing off on contracts worth over RM100mil and RM13mil worth of Universiti Malaya assets that cannot be accounted for.

Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed had since said that it was "dismayed" at the drop in performance in terms of financial management and maintenance of government assets which the report identified.

Today's session will be the fourth after those held following the release of Series 2 and 3 of the 2013 Report as well as Series 1 of the 2014 Report.

Apart from Dr Ali, Auditor-General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang and Public Services Department director-general Tan Sri Mohamad Zabidi Zainal are also expected to attend the session.

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