All 25 min­istries get ex­cel­lent rat­ing

HOW­EVER, some short­com­ings, in­ef­fi­cien­cies iden­ti­fied

New Straits Times - - Front Page -

KUALA LUMPUR: All min­istries aced their fi­nan­cial man­age­ment last year, scor­ing ex­cel­lent rat­ings or five stars, Par­lia­ment was told.

This was an im­prove­ment from pre­vi­ous years, said the Au­di­tor Gen­eral’s Re­port 2016 Se­ries 1.

The Na­tional Au­dit Depart­ment sur­veyed 25 min­istries and 18 fed­eral de­part­ments.

“All 25 min­istries achieved an ex­cel­lent rat­ing com­pared with 16 (64 per cent) and 20 (83.3 per cent) in 2015 and 2014, re­spec­tively,” said the re­port, which was tabled at Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day.

Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment Datuk Paul Low said the re­port would pro­vide ac­count­abil­ity and trans­parency of the gov­ern­ment.

“The achievement of the min­istries shows con­tin­u­ous trans­for­ma­tion and im­prove­ment on the gov­ern­ment’s part,” he told the New Straits Times.

Low wel­comed the achievement of the min­istries but stressed the need for more im­prove­ments.

Econ­o­mist Dr Ir­wan Shah Zainal Abidin said the suc­cess of the min­istries showed the gov­ern­ment was se­ri­ous in ad­dress­ing is­sues of cor­rup­tion and leak­ages while im­prov­ing pub­lic fi­nance.

“These are steps in the right di­rec­tion. It also shows the high level of ef­fi­ciency in the pub­lic ser­vice and an in­di­ca­tion that the sec­tor is get­ting bet­ter.”

Econ­o­mist Datuk Jalilah Baba said pru­dent ac­tions were taken by the min­istries in achiev­ing the out­stand­ing re­sults.

This, she said, would have a good im­pact on the coun­try in terms of fi­nan­cial spend­ing and ex­pen­di­ture sav­ings.

Datuk Paul Low

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