PAC instructs special audit on medical procurement

by TMR / pic by BERNAMA

THE Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman has informed the Auditor-General to conduct a special audit on the government’s procurement and expenditure for medical services during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Wong Kah Woh (picture) also said the audit will look into the abuse of power in diverting relief aid and stimulus packages, and fraud related to falsified medical protective equipment such as face masks and gloves in terms of both quantity and quality.

“This special audit should be expedited with findings and results presented to the PAC so that the committee can identify whether there is an element of malpractice, waste and abuse of power within the procurement of these medical services,” Wong said in a statement today.

“With regards to the special audits mentioned above, the PAC will use its authority under Standing Order 77 (1) (d) and the Rules Meeting 77 (5) of the Rules of the House of Representatives and Section III, Article 11 (b), General Circular No 2 (1982) to call Ministry of Finance (MoF), MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) and ministries as well as agencies involved to brief and provide the explanation to the PAC on the matter,” he added.

Wong said this in response to the MACC chief Tan Sri Azam Baki’s speech at the Third Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Forum in Putrajaya, where Azam spoke of the bribery of enforcement officers in the line of enforcing the movement control order.

“It is sad, even in this pandemic and state of emergency, that some of these purchases are mired in corruption.

This shows that some unscrupulous people are still taking the opportunity to make illegal money from the people’s pain and misfortunes,” he said.

In 2021, the anti-graft body agency had opened 829 investigation papers 2021 resulting in 851 arrests.