Kelantan failed to monitor funds for the poor

KOTA BARU - The Kelantan government failed to monitor the disbursement of funds to build and repair homes for the poor under the Prog­ram Bantuan Rumah Dhua'fat.

The Auditor-General's Report 2012 on the state found it did not monitor the almost RM10 million (S$3.9 million) given to recipients in three districts while it also did not vet them for eligibility.

The report also pointed out weaknesses of the programme that inclu­ded selecting applicants without any formal application, recipients earning a monthly income above the poverty level and incomplete houses despite disbursement of funds.

It said that between 2010 and last year, a total of 1,144 recipients within the Pasir Mas, Tumpat and Kota Baru districts benefitted from the programme, adding that the objective to help the poor was defeated by poor management and monitoring of how the money was used by the recipients.

Other weaknesses included the uneconomical way the houses were repaired, failure to implement house specifications and disbursing funds twice to the same recipients.

The Auditor-General recommended, among other things, that an agency be set up to monitor the disbursement of funds, setting procedures and guidelines for applicants, stating the house specifications and periodical checks on the progress of the construction of the houses.

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