Let Najib’s White Paper on 2012 Auditor-General’s Report tell Malaysians what has happened to the loss of RM1.33 million worth of police assets, including 44 firearms

After a week of intense adverse publicity, including ludicrous pronouncements by the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and the Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi about missing guns “falling into the sea”, Malaysians are no nearer to finding out what has happened to the loss of RMRM1.55 million worth of police assets, including 44 firearms, 156 handcuffs and 29 vehicles, between 2010 and 2012 as revealed by the 2012 Auditor-General’s Report – whether and how many of such police assets have really “fallen into the sea”!

Yesterday, the Malaysian Insider in its report “One down, 43 to go. One of my men reported his gun was stolen, says police task force director” quoted the Federal Special Task Force (Operations and Counter-Terrorism) director Datuk Seri Mohamad Fuzi Harun as saying that one of the 44 missing guns was stolen from a policeman by a snatch thief.

Although this would account for one of the 44 missing guns, the immediate question that arises is why the policeman had taken more than a year to report that his gun was stolen by a snatch thief!

As a high-level committee headed by the Chief Secretary, Tan Sri Dr. Ali Hamsa, and comprising the director-general of the Public Service, the Attorney-General as well as representatives from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Finance Ministry and the Royal Malaysian Police, has been formed to scrutinise the 2012 Auditor-General’s Report, it is best that the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak should present a White Paper to Parliament on Oct. 21 to tell Malaysians what has happened to the loss of the RM1.33 million worth of police assets, including all the 44 “missing firearms” – based on the initial findings of this Scrutiny Committee.

Najib’s White Paper should also enlighten Malaysians on the latest updates about the many “horror tales” of corruption, wastage, abuse of power and negligence uncovered by the 2012 Auditor-General’s Report, such as:

• The imprudent establishment of the RM175 million Police Air Wing with five Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft;

• The RM1.6 million expenditure by Youth and Sports Ministry to bring in three South Korea pop groups for the National Youth Day celebrations last year in contrast to the claim that the cost had been covered by sponsors;

• Failure by Public Works Department to recover RM15.77 million in performance bonds despite terminating 21 government projects;

• The building of the RM73 million Malacca Customs and Immigration Quarantine Complex (CIQ) on private land resulting in a RM10.8 million compensation to the landowner;

• A RM303,813 travel claim by a Communications and Culture Ministry senior officer for a four-day study trip to Geneva which the auditors felt was worth only RM50,000;

• Waste of RM199 million spent on construction of four incinerators by the National Solid Waste Management Department as there was no expertise to operate such machines once they were built;

• Government overpayment of TM by RM11.6 million for 999 emergency line; and

• Severe mishandling of RM2.051 billion for hiring security contractors for schools between 2010 and 2012 – from poorly prepared contracts to hiring of septuagenarians as security guards.

If Najib is unable to present a White Paper when Parliament reconvenes on Oct. 21 on the latest updates of government actions on the 2012 Auditor-General’s Report, then the Prime Minister-cum-Finance Minister must explain to Parliament what is the purpose and utility of establishing the high-level Scrutiny Committee on the 2012 Auditor-General’s Report headed by the Chief Secretary.

  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Monday, 7 October 2013 - 3:27 pm

    We need a White Paper on Zahid Hamidi – whether he is even fit to be in elected office much less as Home Minister – he is telling the police to break the law of the land – killing without warning, threatening to abuse his power to shut down the papers for loss of personal political capital..

  2. #2 by assamlaksa on Monday, 7 October 2013 - 6:22 pm

    When the IGP and Home minister claimed that the missing firearms had not fallen into the hands of criminals, it is now obvious that they did not investigate the missing firearms and just trying to cover-up. Now, obviously at least one gun is with a criminal.

  3. #3 by Di Shi Jiu on Monday, 7 October 2013 - 10:36 pm

    Mr Lim,

    It is unlikely the newly formed Scrutiny Committee would have even convened for business let alone come up with any plan of action.

    I suspect the Scrutiny Committee is merely for show only and this time next year, none of the cases mentioned in the 2012 Auditor-General’s report will be acted upon.

    The MACC will drag it’s feet as usual and the ball will be passed between it and the Scrutiny Committee to run the clock down.

    White Paper from Najib? I wouldn’t hold my breath if I was you.

    In fact, the 2013 Auditor-general’s report next year will be tabled long before any White Paper from Najib is seen.

  4. #4 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Tuesday, 8 October 2013 - 12:16 am

    Zahid Hamidi is a law unto himself. (I wonder if he understands what I am trying to say.)

  5. #5 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Tuesday, 8 October 2013 - 12:20 am

    Bernama: “Dr Mahathir concerned over level of English among students.”

    Dr M should begin with UMNO, having said that UMNO leaders are stupid (and probably unemployable because they do not know English).
    Besides, it is UMNO leadership that is resisting change that is good not only for Malays, but all Malaysians.

    Actually, UMNO should know that English today is for all colours, creeds and clans…. the same way roti canai is also universally loved and eaten. Canai is not only for mamak-lah, the same way English is not only for Orang Putih-lah.

    • #6 by Noble House on Tuesday, 8 October 2013 - 4:43 am

      You mean he studied Joseph Goebbels?

      Can we say then what education to the Nazi was food for thought in Mahathir’s case?

  6. #7 by cskok8 on Wednesday, 9 October 2013 - 9:15 pm

    Lets see, one gun was taken by a snatch thief. It would not be unreasonable to assume that a snatch thief is a criminal. So now at least one gun is in the hands of criminals. That would make the Police Inspector General a liar or incompetent. I don’t know which one is worse.

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