Govt can perform better internal audit


THE Pakatan Harapan government can become a more effective administrator in performing the internal audit process as long as it does not repeat the mistakes of the previous government.

Former Auditor-General (A-G) Tan Sri Ambrin Buang (picture) said follow-ups and recommendations made in the A-G’s reports must be taken and applied seriously, or else the same warning issued by the A-G would go unheeded like before.

“We do not want to see the same mistakes repeating itself. However, given that the government is only over 100 days (old), we cannot pass judgement too fast,” he told reporters after addressing the Public Sector Internal Audit Conference 2018 in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Ambrin, who is chairman of the Special Committee on Procurement, Governance and Finance, said the public would have to “wait and see” on the government’s seriousness in de-emphasising direct negotiation projects and on open tender processes.

“We will go by their (government) statements. Let’s see how it goes,” he said.

On the committee, Ambrin said it is still concentrating on the Defence Ministry before going into other ministries, as there are quite a number issues to look into.

“It will take some time. The mandate given to us does not determine when should we complete our task, so it is ongoing,” he said.

Earlier in his speech, Ambrin urged public sector auditors to widen their knowledge and read their audit reports presented by their colleagues on other ministries or agencies, including 1Malaysia Development Bhd. — Bernama