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‘Missing’ billions explained in one-sentence reports

 | May 24, 2013

Sarawak assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen was appalled at the state government’s single page account statements for the years 2006 to 2010 which had “no details whatsoever”.

KUCHING:  The one-page statement of accounts of the state government’s contribution towards “approved government agencies” involving more than RM6.393 billion “is making a mockery of accounting standards” said Kota Sentosa assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen.

According to Chong the one-page account statement for each year from 2006 to 2010 offered “no details whatsoever” of projects.

“It is a joke of the century. In each of the statements of accounts, it says ‘money in from this account and money out’ as grants for financing various approved projects.

“No details whatsoever. It is the shortest statement of accounts I have ever seen by any government authority.

“It is only one sentence report for one whole year, which involved a sum of RM1.8 billion in the case of 2009 report,” said Chong at the Sarawak Legislative Assembly sitting yesterday.

Showing various examples of the standard government procedures, Chong who has an accounting and economic studies background said that every single sen spent on development projects must be stated in a accounts statement.

“But here (all) the government said (is) that the money is meant for various approved projects and that is it. There are no details at all.

“The way the government is doing (this) is very, very suspicious. It is trying to cover up how it had spent the money and where it had spent the money.

“Otherwise it is impossible to account  (for) the spending of RM1 billion on development projects in only one page. No one will accept such an account. They are making a mockery of the accounting standard,” he said.

Chong said the government had failed in its duty to table its reports because each statement of accounts should have been tabled each year for the past five years.

RM6 bil part of ‘missing’ RM11 bil

The government only tabled the five statements of accounts on Thursday apparently after the government received a reprimand letter in May, 2011 from the Auditor-General.

“The government has to do it otherwise it will be unlawful,” said Chong.

He believed that that the reprimand from the Auditor-General was the result of his query regarding the government’s contribution towards approved agencies trust fund amounting to RM11 billion which appeared in the Sarawak budgets for the years 2006 to 2013.

The RM6.393 billion is part of the ‘missing’ RM11 billion into the black hole which was one of the hottest campaign issues in the recently concluded parliamentary elections here.

Chong, who is also the MP for Bandar Kuching, said that he would raise the issue in Parliament when it meets from June 24, 2013.

“I will raise the issue in Parliament and demand that the Auditor-General to go deeper into the whole thing.

“The state Government has already been caught for not complying with the regulations for not tabling the statements of accounts in the Dewan Undangan Negeri.

“The more they try to hide, the more it shows that there is something very fishy about the whole thing,” he said.


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