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Old 27-10-2010, 04:51 PM
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THE Bentong municipal council paid RM871 for a toilet sign when the item could be bought for only RM65.

This was one of many items the council had grossly overpaid to spruce up its Rest House.

The Auditor-General’s Report said the council had overspent on furniture and fixtures by RM80,594.

Among others, the council spent RM38,700 on a set of spiral pendant lights, although the market price for the item was between RM1,500 and RM9,200.

A total of RM49,420 was spent on 14 nyatoh timber leg armchairs, or RM3,530 each, although the market price for a unit was RM990.

The municipal council also paid RM5,379 each for two units of nya­toh timber leg three-seater sofas, which cost RM2,040 each in the market.

Like the “Male” and “Female” toilet signs, other signs were also grossly overpaid.

A “bedroom number” that can be bought at the store for RM38 each cost the council RM542 each.

The council paid RM542 for the “surau” sign, which normally costs RM60.

Three sets of a certain type of wall light, which sells between RM165 and RM225 each in the market, were bought by the local authority at RM968 each.

These items – bedroom signs, toilet signs, surau signs and wall lights – were bought at what was deemed “unreasonable” prices and led to excessive expenditure of RM8,859, the report said.

During an audit check at the Rest House, nine shower curtains, nine curtain tracks, two wall lights and a receptical could not be traced.

The total value of the missing items was RM8,765, said the re-port.
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Old 28-10-2010, 02:21 PM
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Is MACC gonna act and catch some big fish for a change ? I guess not.
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Upkeep of cars more costly than buying one

THE maintenance cost of official cars at RM5.12mil was much higher than the purchase price of cars in Malacca.

The Auditor-General’s 2009 report disclosed that the Malacca Chief Minister’s Department spent RM5.12mil to maintain 51 cars from 2006 to 2009.

“The cost to maintain the official cars exceeded the price of the cars between 143% and 281% within five years from the date of acquisition,’’ said the report.

It also commented that the department did not do a good job of maintaining the cars which caused losses and also wastage of public funds.

The report concluded that the maintenance cost of five Proton Perdana V6 in Kedah was higher than the cost of acquiring them, by between 71% and 119%.

The report said maintenance of cars by the state secretariat office was done without proper planning.
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Money paid but projects yet to be completed

A TOTAL of RM753,723 was paid for 67 acquisitions involving 31 projects without the items being received or the jobs done under the First Economic Stimulus Package, said the Auditor-General’s Report 2009.

The projects were for the upgrading of police quarters (Home Ministry) and hospital facilities (Health Ministry), repairing of housing quarters and low-cost houses for the Customs Department and Housing and Local Government Ministry respectively, graduate training scheme (Finance Ministry) and upgrading of religious and vernacular schools (Education Ministry).

The report said 38 of the cases worth RM580,983 were completed after the audit was carried out.

However, it said 29 cases worth RM172,740 had yet to be rectified.

The Education Ministry also reported 14 cases to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.
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Published November 1, 2010

MALAYSIA INSIGHT
Graft busting still a work in progress
Tackling the problem is crucial as Malaysia pushes ahead with ambitious economic programmes

By PAULINE NG
KL CORRESPONDENT

TWO reports released last week revealed that Malaysia's battle against graft remains very much a work in progress.

Despite recent initiatives to reduce graft, international organisations appear to perceive little change in the institutions of the country, which scored 4.4 on Transparency International's 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index for a ranking of 56, unchanged from last year when it scored 4.5.

The score was less than half the 9.3 marks chalked up by joint top rankers Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore.

The perception that little headway has been made in graft busting was reinforced by the Auditor-General's 2009 report which again raised questions about the government's commitment to rein in huge leakages and excesses which, in many instances, amount to corruption.

Media reports highlighted the gamut of cases stemming from the use, or rather misuse, of funds. Money from the 2008/09 economic stimulus package went into upgrading the VVIP room at a naval headquarters with chandeliers, home-theatre systems and 'other luxuries' and nearly half a million ringgit was channelled into decorative outdoor lights on the naval base.

In other instances, a university in Terengganu maintained 41 air-conditioners as 'emergency stock', while the Home Ministry saw fit to sign a contract for the supply of 2.7 million metres of cloth costing some RM28 million (S$11.6 million) over the period 2006-2009 to outfit Rela - the People's Volunteer Corps. The Auditor-General observed that 600,000 sets of uniform could have been sewn out of the cloth, but since only 240,000 sets were required, there remained an excess of RM16.5 million worth of unused material with Rela.

That was just the tip of the iceberg but given the continuous budget deficits stretching back to 1997, the laxity with the public purse is all the more surprising. It is also disheartening as the report comes on the heels of a commitment to nip the problem.

Following the release of the A-G's 2008 audit, the Malaysian Cabinet announced a task force to look more closely into the wrongdoings to ensure that such cases do not appear in the annual audit reports. 'I want to state that the reason (for the setting up of the task force) is not to launch a witch hunt but to identify those who intentionally and openly committed offences because we (the Cabinet) felt that they should not be allowed to go without having any action taken against them,' Prime Minister Najib Razak declared last year in the annual aftermath of public anger.

Has the task force made any difference? 'Every time, the A-G's report shows government paying ridiculous prices for items. But cases are thrown out due to insufficient evidence. Those crooks are laughing at us, braver than ever,' a member of the public texted The Star newspaper.

Senior government officials maintain that Malaysia will score better on Transparency International's index next year since key reform initiatives undertaken this year will be better reflected in the scores.

That remains to be seen, but unless real reform initiatives are undertaken, including giving the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission more teeth and independence and arming it with prosecution powers, the optimism seems misplaced.

Tackling this problem is crucial. Malaysia is pushing ahead with ambitious economic programmes. Calling on the private sector to throw its weight behind the government's economic transformation programme (ETP) last week, Mr Najib invited businesses to participate in the various projects that are part of the programme geared towards the country's transformation to high-income status by 2020. Given that the private sector is expected to fund 92 per cent of the US$444 billion required to implement identified projects over the next 10 years, the buy-in will be crucial.

Mr Najib believes that acceptance of the ETP and the government's sincerity to act as an effective facilitator in the private-public partnership programme exists, and is evident in the nine planned developments scheduled to get underway next year. 'The time has arrived for all Malaysians to eliminate your scepticism and suspicions,' he said.

Indeed, given the overwhelming demand for the ETP manuals, many companies appear keen to seek out areas where they can participate. All the more pity then that neither the Corruption Perceptions Index nor the A-G's report gave more assurance on the handling of public finances.
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