Low: Govt may have to replace Felda officials

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SHAH ALAM: The government will identify and scrutinise the weaknesses detected in the management of Felda before recommending suitable action to ensure the aspect of good governance continued to be given priority by the agency.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Paul Low Seng Kuan said the recommendation might also involve replacing the individuals holding strategic positions in Felda because the weaknesses reflected their failure to uphold the appropriate level of integrity.

He said since Felda is an organisation under the PM’s department, he would meet the minister concerned for further discussion.

“If there is any misconduct, surely the MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) will investigate and I am confident they have done so.

“The KSN (chief secretary to the government) must also impose disciplinary action in this matter. The government has many agencies, so a review must be done to determine how such weaknesses occurred,” Low said.

He said this to reporters in response to the Auditor-General’s Report 2015 Series 2 released yesterday, which revealed that Felda suffered losses of up to RM73 million on three projects which were implemented without approval.

Earlier, the minister delivered a keynote address at the 4th Selangor Economic Development Corporation (PKNS) Integrity Conference here yesterday.