Who must bear responsibility for the deception delaying tabling the 2010 Auditor-General’s reports until after the end of the general debate on the 2012 Budget – Prime Minister or Chief Secretary?

Who must bear responsibility for the deception and sleight-of-hand delaying tabling the 2010 Auditor-General’s reports on the annual and continuing “horror of horrors” of government financial hanky-panky, mismanagement and misappropriations of public funds until after the general debate in Parliament on the 2010 Budget (except for the official Ministerial winding-ups) is over?

Is he the Prime Minister or Chief Secretary? Or nobody need be held responsible for this gross parliamentary disrespect and deception?

Although the Auditor-General’s Reports for 2010 rated most ministries and government departments as “excellent” in their financial management, the Auditor-General nonetheless made history producing two thickest and most voluminous reports in Malaysian history on the Federal Government’s Accounts totally over 1,330 pages – retailing the hair-raising pecaddiloes and major transgressions in the government’s public finances in the first full year of Najib’s premiership in 2010.

The first public conclusion from the 2010 Auditor-General’s Reports is that there is no difference between Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s National Transformation Policy and his predecessor Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s “Islam Hadhari” – as horror tales of financial hanky-panky, mismanagement and misappropriations continue unchanged, year in and year out, whether under Najib, Abdullah or even Tun Mahathir’s time as Prime Minister.

Just before the political tsunami of the March 2008 general elections, Malaysians were outraged by the revelations at the end of 2007 of financial hanky-panky in the 2006 Auditor-General’s reports, eg:

  • National Youth Skills Institute (under the Youth and Sports Ministry) project where a car jack that cost RM50 was bought for RM5,700, a digital camera that cost RM2,990 was bought for RM8,254 and RM1,146 was paid for a set of technical pens with a market price of RM160;

  • Police Air Wing – purchase of two helicopters worth RM117.75 million, which could not be used, as they did not meet specifications. Another RM15.4mil was spent to train pilots to fly these helicopters.

  • Customs Department under-utilised its RM290mil information technology system but was planning to spend another RM451.30mil to develop a new one.

Now, on the eve of the 13th General Elections, Malaysians are equally outraged by the revelations of the 2010 Auditor-General Reports on the continuing financial scandals, hanky-panky and gross financial negligence in government, eg:

  • National Sports Institute acquired 23 horses totally RM5.66 million without a Financial Ministry go-ahead with none of the horses competed in two recommended international championships;

  • the RM142 million RazakSAT malfunctioned barely a year after being commissioned;

  • The Malaysian Marine Parks Department spent a whopping RM56,350 for a pair of night vision Marine binoculars, 29 times more than its market value of RM1,940; and paid the same amount for another pair of night vision Bushnell binoculars, or 1,893 per cent more than its actual price of RM2,827.

  • Decimal point and accounting mistakes which should not happen if there are efficient and proper internal audit systems as resulting in a pensioner receiving RM21,433 a month instead of RM214.33 for 16 months and the Giatmara Centre mistakenly paying RM170 per kg instead of RM1.70 per kg for sugar for a poverty eradication programme or RM25,500 for 150 kg of sugar!

In his response to the 2010 Auditor-General’s Reports, the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Sidek Hassan has repeated his annual reaction and call to all departments and agencies to take heed of the Auditor-General’s comments and views.

Clearly, the Chief Secretary’s past responses to previous Auditor-General Reports had been ineffective, or there would have been no need this year to resort to the parliamentary sleight-of-hand of delaying the tabling of the 2010 Auditor-General’s Report to ensure that it would not completely overshadow Najib’s 2012 Budget by focussing on the over 1,300 pages of exposes of financial irregularities, hanky-panky as well as misappropriation of public funds in the first full year of Najib’s premiership.

Malaysians are still waiting for the Prime Minister or the Chief Secretary to own up to the parliamentary deception in delaying tabling the 2010 Auditor-General Reports until after the end of the parliamentary debate on the 2012 Budget – so as to prevent the 2010 Auditor-General Report from becoming the foremost parliamentary issue.

  1. #1 by SENGLANG on Thursday, 27 October 2011 - 4:23 pm

    Mahathir is using his right hand beating his below sons of soil to work hard for their cars and houses, but at the same time he use his left hand dig inside the tax payers pockets hand out moneys to them. How his sons will willing to work hard for it.

  2. #2 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Thursday, 27 October 2011 - 4:49 pm

    UMNo – party of “DOM”; dirty old men.
    UMNo – party of “COM”; corrupt old members.
    UMNo – party of “SOM”; stupid old ministers.

    And so on, and so on. The list goes on and on…..

    So there is little wonder why UMNo is the joke of the century not only in Malaysia, Batam and Singapore ….but also around the world.

    Itulah dia – UMNO, parti yang paling tak berguna dan paling tak siuman.

  3. #3 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Thursday, 27 October 2011 - 5:05 pm

    BTW, listen as the world looks on disconcertingly at the elegant silence of the PM (Najib), dpm (muhyiddin), ex-PM (Tun m) as Mat Zain slams, condemns and bazookas left, right, centre, over and below and all around them over the other AG (attorney-general) for falsifying evidence.

    Mat Zain, now produce the evidence on the internet and see what elegant silence can do for these blokes.

    Then let the circus of UMNO jesters begin…..

  4. #4 by boh-liao on Thursday, 27 October 2011 - 5:44 pm

    WHAT annual “horror of horrors” show?
    No hear of HAL_LO_WEEN meh?
    No hear of “we KNOW WHAT U DID last year” meh?
    So, Oktober is not just beer drinking festival time but 2 get drunk n read d as-usual annual non-horror non-fiction called d Auditor-General’s Reports (dah biasa lah)
    Any fat COW feeding on Halloween pumpkin can tell U dat mah, moooooooooo
    So, LKS, go drink beer n fly a kite lor

  5. #5 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Thursday, 27 October 2011 - 9:54 pm

    Tun M: “Of course there will be a lot of mistakes made, some things are overlooked, overspending.
    Basically, it is the same every year. People never learn….”

    Wow, Tun M, what grandiose nuggets of wisdom oozing from those seasoned jaws….and, after 23 years of authoritarian rule.

    Let us Malaysians tell you in just a few brief words: “You are the worst thing that has happened to this country in the last half a century.”

    It is about time you shut those stupid jaws.

  6. #6 by sheriff singh on Thursday, 27 October 2011 - 10:18 pm

    Yeah ! Who’s responsible for the mess? Who transformed it?

  7. #7 by yhsiew on Thursday, 27 October 2011 - 10:35 pm

    The “horror of horrors” is going to haunt BN again come GE13.

  8. #8 by boh-liao on Friday, 28 October 2011 - 12:13 am

    Well, dis is d annual HORRORWEEN show mah in 1M’sia
    Just 4 show n play play only lah, no1 gets punished n d corrupt 1s get 2 keep d loots

  9. #9 by Godfather on Friday, 28 October 2011 - 8:34 am

    Sidek is talking nonsense as usual. “Taking action in accordance with the rules” means NFA when it comes to BN top dogs.

    All these lapdogs of BN won’t implicate each other. Everyone is on a feeding frenzy, and the only incentive is to figure out the opportunities to rip off the taxpayer.

  10. #10 by Godfather on Friday, 28 October 2011 - 8:38 am

    NYY says her ministry need not follow open tenders because Zahid didn’t follow open tender procedures. Liow says his ministry need not follow open tenders because the Agri ministry didn’t follow open tenders either. Hence the crimes are justified because of other crimes committed without consequences.

    At every cabinet meeting, they all laugh and slap each other on the back…job well done.

  11. #11 by Godfather on Friday, 28 October 2011 - 8:41 am

    MCA says UMNO “ciak”, so MCA must also “ciak”. If not the Chinese community might regard MCA leaders as incompetent. Wonder how Gerakan and PPP feel, as these parties have little chance to “ciak” and can only watch.

  12. #12 by k1980 on Friday, 28 October 2011 - 9:57 am

    UMNO “ciak”, MCA only “pangsai”.

    Gerakan lick, PPP lap

  13. #13 by k1980 on Friday, 28 October 2011 - 1:50 pm

  14. #14 by rockdaboat on Friday, 28 October 2011 - 1:58 pm

    Yet there are still so many stupid people who continue to vote for BN. Knock knock, anybody home? Wake up!

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