KUALA LUMPUR – March 24, 2015: The parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) wants to hear from a former secretary-general of the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry in its investigations of the 1Azam project.
In telling reporters today that the PAC will ask Datuk Seri Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur to testify, PAC chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan said the committee found that the poverty eradication project had failed to comply with the standard operating procedures prescribed for it.
“They also violated procurement regulations when buying equipment for participants,” said Nur Jazlan, adding that some participants were not from the target groups.
He also said that the programme had failed to conduct research on the needs of possible participants and little background checks were done on potential participants.
The ministry’s representatives told the PAC that they were making efforts to address the weaknesses but the committee found the arguments and justifications to be weak.
1Azam, started 2010, is aimed at helping participants to become entrepreneurs and has so far received funding from the government up to RM 1.45 billion.