PAC tells govt agencies to stop wastage

Aidel (second left) chairing the PAC meeting with other PAC members and the various government agencies in Kuching this afternoon.

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KUCHING, Sept 19: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is reprimanding some government agencies for unnecessary wastage.

PAC Chairman Aidel Lariwoo said although most of the issues raised in the Auditor General Report 2016 have been solved, the actions taken by some of the agencies reflected lack of understanding on value of money and has not fully met the initial targeted outcome.

“As such, the PAC feels that for certain agencies, they should look into the revision of either the agencies’ administration, financial or operating procedures,” he was speaking at a press conference this afternoon after chairing the two-day PAC meeting since yesterday.

Aidel said the PAC had called 25 ministries, departments, agencies and statutory bodies to the meeting, and briefed and explained to them on the various audit issues raised from the Auditor General Report for 2016 regardless of the fact that most or all the issues had been resolved.

Apart from that, he said the committee also sought updates on the status of the issues and the agencies’ future course of action to ensure there would be no recurrence of similar issues.

“PAC is seriously executing its tasks and functions in our parliamentary system of democracy as a check and balance to the executive and the government machinery.

“This is to make sure that the public monies are properly spent for the benefits of the people as a whole,” said Aidel.

He stressed that the PAC would look into whether public monies have been used efficiently, effectively and economically; and that elements of extravagance and waste were minimised or better still completely eliminated.

“The recommendations of the PAC will be tabled for the purview and feedback of the state elected representative during the coming State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting later once completed,” said Aidel.— DayakDaily