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PAC: NFC report in two weeks, no K-Pop fiasco live show

 | October 24, 2013

Public Accounts Committee chairman Nur Jazlan Mohamed also says that there will be no live telecast on the proceedings over the K-Pop fiasco on national television due to the Speaker's standing orders.

KUALA LUMPUR: The investigation report on the controversial National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) project will be tabled in Parliament in two weeks.

Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Nur Jazlan Mohamed said this after chairing the committee meeting at Parliament today.

“The last committee completed the report but (it) was not endorsed by the new team. Give us two weeks and we will table it at the Parliament,” said the Pulai MP.

The Auditor-General’s report for 2011 reported gross mismanagement of the NFC project worth RM250 million and involves family members of former Women, Family and Community Development Minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.

Since then, Shahrizat was forced to vacate her Cabinet post whilst her husband Mohamad Salleh Ismail, who is the NFC chairman, was charged in court for criminal breach of trust.

Two days ago, DAP MP Tony Pua, said that the public would learn more juicy details of the NFC scandal if PAC allows the report to be made public.

On another matter, Nur Jazlan said that PAC cannot hold a live telecast on its proceedings on the Youth and Sports Ministry’s financing of K-Pop artists for their live performance in Malaysia last year, despite a request from its former minister, Ahmad Shabeery Cheek.

“I have asked the Dewan Rakyat Speaker on [about] this and he told us that there is a Standing Order that disallows live telecast of a PAC proceeding. So we can’t fulfill Ahmad Shabeery’s wish,” he said.

Early this month, the Auditor-General’s report indicated that the Youth and Sports Ministry had paid RM1.6 million to bring K-Pop artists in to perform during Hari Belia 2012.

The ministry’s secretary-general Mohid Mohamed had insisted that the K-Pop groups’ were privately-sponsored and no taxpayers’ money had been used for then event.

Incumbent Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, however, defended Ahmad Shabeery saying the government picked up the tab after the private sponsor backed out at the last minute.

On when Ahmad Shabeery would testify to PAC on the matter, Nur Jazlan said that the minister had volunteered to come forward onNovember 14.

He then lauded Ahmad Shabeery for his courage to explain the matter and urged other Cabinet ministers to emulate him.

“PAC is independent and open. We just want an explanation,” he said.

Nur Jazlan also said that several other ministries that would be called to explain allegations of wastage based on the Auditor-General’s Report are the Transport Ministry, Education Ministry and the Home Ministry.

He added that PAC would also summon the 1Malaysia Development Board to explain its ventures as some of its committee members wanted to scrutinise the state investment agency.

“We want to find out more about the delays and increasing costs of KLIA 2 and the Kota Kinabalu Airport projects from the Transport Ministry.

“As for the Home Ministry, we want to find out more about their missing assets (weapons and cars) as it involves public confidence on the police,” said Nur Jazlan.


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