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PAC breaks silence, will continue probes

 | June 20, 2012

PAC chairman Azmi Khalid says the NFC scandal tops the committee's list of priorities.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today said it will continue to probe into several high-profile cases which have been brought to its attention.

PAC chairman Azmi Khalid said the National Feedlot Centre (NFC) scandal and the 1Malaysia Development Board investment in PetroSaudi will be top priority for the committee.

For the controversial NFC issue, which is in court at the moment, Azmi said PAC will focus on the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of how government contracts are awarded.

“For NFC, we will not touch on how National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp) spent the money allocated to them,” he said, adding that Parliament decided in its last session that matters pertaining to NFC is sub-judice and the PAC will stand by that decision.

“PAC proceedings were further delayed in the last session as representatives from the Agriculture Ministry did not have the documents that we requested. Other departments under the ministry such as the Veterinary Department will also be called,” he added.

Azmi said that some documents requested have been received and PAC will move forward in its probe.

The PAC, which last met in mid-March, has come under criticism over its protracted silence pertaining to its investigations.

Many quarters, including PAC member and DAP MP Tony Pua, asked if hidden hands are trying to cover up the investigations as election approaches.

Meanwhile, Azmi said the other cases which PAC is looking into will also revolve around the decision making process in which loan or money is given to a certain project.

PAC is currently looking into KLIA 2′s cost increase from RM1.7 million to RM3.9 million and Tajuddin Ramli’s RM 589 million debt write-off.

He said officers from the Auditor General’s Office will be asked to look into some accounts before proceeding with the KLIA2 probe.

“We have yet to decide on the Tajuddin case. The other cases are our priority (for now),” he added.


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