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Cabinet on Wednesday should direct all Ministers whose past or present ministries were implicated in 2006 Auditor-General’s Report for mismanagement of funds to appear before Public Accounts Committee to assume full responsibility and end all the annual “bellyaching” about taking action by various authorities with absolutely no concrete follow-ups
(Parliament, Monday): Malaysians are quite weary of the annual season of farce of the Audit-General’s Report exposing year-in and year-out corruption, criminal breach of trust and mismanagement of public funds followed by the chorus of response from the Public Accounts Committee, the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) and even from the Prime Minister and the relevant Ministers of investigation and remedial action not only to deal with the errant culprits but to ensure that there could be no more recurrence of such betrayal of public trust – all to taper off into public amnesia after a few days of media banner headlines until the ritual is repeated in the following year.
Last Tuesday (11th September 2007), the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said at the Cabinet meeting the previous week (5th September), he had directed all ministers concerned explain to the Cabinet why their ministries have been accused of mismanaging funds and other irregularities. He said “each and every matter raised must be explained in detail”.
Three questions immediately come to mind, viz:
As all Ministers owe a higher duty to Parliament and the nation to comply with the principles of accountability, probity and integrity, the Cabinet on Wednesday should direct all Ministers whose past or present ministries had been implicated in the 2006 Auditor-General’s Report for mismanagement of funds to appear before the Public Accounts Committee to assume full responsibility and end all the annual “bellyaching” about taking action by various authorities but without any concrete follow-up results.
It is only when the Cabinet is prepared to make such a decision requiring all Ministers to appear before the PAC to explain why their ministries, whether past or present, had been accused of mismanaging funds and other irregularities, with each and every matter raised explained in detail, that Malaysians can believe that the Prime Minister and his Cabinet Ministers are serious about accountability, transparency, financial probity and Mnisterial responsibility.
Otherwise, nothing has changed whatsoever in the past four years of the Abdullah
premiership and what we are seeing is another annual season of farce and
bellyaching about accountability after the Auditor-General‘s Report, but
which means absolutely nothing.
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman