14 com­mit­tees set up to probe min­istries, agency

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PUTRAJAYA: Four­teen in­ves­ti­ga­tion com­mit­tees have been es­tab­lished un­der the Pub­lic Ser­vice De­part­ment to in­ves­ti­gate 60 puni­tive warn­ings in­volv­ing 10 min­istries and an agency based on the Au­di­tor Gen­eral’s (AG) Re­port 2016 Se­ries 1.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tions will be car­ried out to ob­tain rel­e­vant state­ments in terms of the of­fi­cers’ in­volve­ment and tes­ti­monies re­lated to the cases re­ported,” said Chief Sec­re­tary to the Gov­ern­ment Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa dur­ing a me­dia ses­sion on the AG’s re­port yes­ter­day.

“Dis­ci­plinary ac­tion, penal­ties and crim­i­nal charges will be framed against the of­fi­cers in court if they are found to have been in­volved in em­bez­zle­ment, power abuse, mis­con­duct or neg­li­gence in car­ry­ing out their du­ties.”

The 10 min­istries and the agency were Agri­cul­ture and Agro-Based In­dus­try, De­fence, Do­mes­tic Trade, Co-op­er­a­tives and Con­sumerism, Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, Works, Health, Ru­ral and Re­gional Devel­op­ment, Hu­man Re­sources, Ed­u­ca­tion, Home Min­istries, and the Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship Unit un­der the Prime Min­is­ter’s De­part­ment.

Puni­tive warn­ings were is­sued for mat­ters re­lated to em­bez­zle­ment, abuse of power, mis­con­duct or neg­li­gence in the ex­e­cu­tion of du­ties, whereas cor­rec­tive warn­ings were made to im­prove the sys­tem and pro­ce­dures.

Ali said based on in­ves­ti­ga­tions, 31, or 52 per cent, of the warn­ings were for dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings in­volv­ing 119 of­fi­cers.

“Twenty four, or 40 per cent, of the warn­ings had no el­e­ment of fraud, abuse of power, mis­con­duct or neg­li­gence which were ver­i­fied by the Na­tional Au­dit De­part­ment, Fi­nance Min­istry and Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion.

“The other five warn­ings are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated to iden­tify the of­fi­cers re­spon­si­ble,” he said, adding that at the state level, some 43 puni­tive warn­ings were is­sued in­volv­ing 12 state gov­ern­ments, where five warn­ings were in­ves­ti­gated with dis­ci­plinary ac­tion be­ing taken against 17 of­fi­cers.

Over­all, 895 warn­ings were is­sued fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of the re­port.

Mean­while, Trea­sury sec­re­tary-gen­eral Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ir­wan Seri­gar Ab­dul­lah, in re­spond­ing to a ques­tion, said the con­trac­tor who was awarded the Bera Hos­pi­tal project in Pa­hang was tech­ni­cally vi­able.

The RM88 mil­lion hos­pi­tal, which has been de­layed for two years, was high­lighted in the re­port pre­sented in Par­lia­ment on Mon­day.

It was re­ported that the hos­pi­tal, which was built to ad­dress the over­crowd­ing at Te­mer­loh Hos­pi­tal, could ac­com­mo­date up to 92,000 peo­ple.

Au­di­tor Gen­eral Tan Sri Dr Mad­i­nah Mo­hamad said nine min­istries which did not fare well un­der Se­ries 1 and 2 of the 2015 AG’s Re­port had raised their stan­dards to five-star rat­ings in Se­ries 1 of the 2016 re­port.

The nine min­istries were the Home; Youth and Sports; Do­mes­tic Trade, Co­op­er­a­tives and Con­sumerism; En­ergy, Green Tech­nol­ogy and Wa­ter; Works; Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia; For­eign; Science, Tech­nol­ogy and In­no­va­tion; and Agri­cul­ture and Agro-Based In­dus­try min­istries.

She said this was also the first time all 25 min­istries ob­tained five-star rat­ings.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions will be car­ried out to ob­tain rel­e­vant state­ments in terms of the of­fi­cers’ in­volve­ment and tes­ti­monies re­lated to the cases re­ported.

TAN SRI DR ALI HAMSA Chief Sec­re­tary to the Gov­ern­ment

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