PUTRAJAYA — August 3, 2017: The government has formed 14 committees to probe 60 cases of punitive reprimand for misconduct or negligence involving 11 ministries as contained in the Auditor-General’s Report 2016 Series 1.
The investigation is aimed at gathering evidence from witnesses and to look at the involvement of officers in the cases reported.
The 11 ministries are Agriculture and Agro-based Industry; Defence; Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism; Higher Education; Works; Health; Rural and Regional Development; Human Resources; Home; Education, as well as the Public-Private Sector Partnership under the Prime Minister’s Department.
Chief Secretary to the Government, Tan Sri Ali Hamsa, said that based on the investigations until yesterday, 31 punitive reprimands or 52 per cent of the 60 had grounds for disciplinary proceedings to begin against 119 officers, while nine auditing outcomes were being studied by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
Ali today had a session with the media on the report which was tabled in Parliament on Monday.
Twenty-four reprimands (40 per cent) were found to have no elements of misappropriation, power abuse, misconduct or negligence in carrying out tasks, but required improvements to the current systems, procedures and rules. This was validated in the follow-up scrutiny together with the National Audit Department, Finance Ministry and MACC.
Five more reprimands are being investigated further to identify the officers responsible.
At the state government level, 12 committees were formed to probe into 43 punitive reprimands involving Johor, Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Selangor, Perak, Penang, Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu and Sabah.
The investigations into five of the reprimands have been completed and there are grounds to commence disciplinary proceedings against 17 officers while eight reprimands were found to have no elements of misappropriation, abuse of power, misconduct or negligence but require improvements, while another 30 are being investigated.
In total there were 895 audit reprimands, including 748 corrective and 103 punitive reprimands.
On action taken against officers following the AG’s reports from 2012 to 2015, Ali said the cases involving 528 officers were resolved, with 167 of the officers penalised through dismissal, demotion, salary deduction, deferment of salary movement, a fine or surcharge and warnings.
He said the government had also undertaken efforts to enhance competency and integrity such as by holding the AG’s Report resolutions lab and seminars on current issues with regard to government financial management and monitoring of development projects. — Bernama