In­crease in puni­tive warn­ings by au­di­tor-gen­eral

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

PU­TRA­JAYA: Puni­tive warn­ings against gov­ern­ment ser­vants in the 2015 Au­di­torGen­eral’s Re­port (Se­ries 1 & 2) was al­most dou­ble that of the pre­vi­ous year, said Chief Sec­re­tary to the Gov­ern­ment Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa.

He said 85 warn­ings were is­sued in 2015 com­pared to 49 in 2014.

“The in­crease in puni­tive warn­ings was due to the au­dit be­ing done across the board in­volv­ing rev­enue man­age­ment, re­sult­ing in an in­crease of min­istries, depart­ments and agen­cies be­ing au­dited.

“The au­dit­ing in­cluded gov­ern­ment projects worth more than RM100 mil­lion and con­sid­ered ‘high im­pact’, with fo­cus on prob­lem­atic projects.”

Ali noted the 85 puni­tive warn­ings made up only 5% of the 1,695 warn­ings is­sued by the Pub­lic Ser­vices Department (PSD) fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of the com­plete 2015 Au­di­torGen­eral’s Re­port.

He said 95.6%, or 1,610, were cor­rec­tive warn­ings to im­prove the sys­tem.

Puni­tive warn­ings are is­sued for em­bez­zle­ment, mis­con­duct, neg­li­gence or abuse of power in the ex­e­cu­tion of du­ties.

Of the 42 warn­ings in the re­port’s sec­ond se­ries, Ali said PSD ini­ti­ated dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings against 19 of­fi­cers, while eight warn­ings had no el­e­ments of fraud, abuse of power, mis­con­duct or neg­li­gence.

The re­main­ing 16 puni­tive warn­ings are still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated, with one be­ing un­der­taken by the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Agency re­lat­ing to the Cook­ing Oil Price Sta­bil­i­sa­tion Scheme un­der the Plan­ta­tion In­dus­tries and Com­modi­ties Min­istry. – by G. Su­rach and V. Ra­ganan­thini

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