Agriculture ministry owes over RM200,000 in unpaid summonses, says A-G’s Report

Unpaid traffic summonses for 13 ministries amounts to RM430,000 for a 10-year period, says A-G Nik Azman Nik Abdul Majid. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: The auditor-general (A-G) says the agriculture and agro-based industry ministry accumulated unpaid traffic summonses of more than RM200,000 over the past 10 years.

In the 2018 report released today, A-G Nik Azman Nik Abdul Majid said the ministry owes RM249,730 for 1,210 summonses from 1999 until last year.

The summonses were related to the official vehicles used by the ministry’s officers.

The finance ministry meanwhile owes RM69,585 for 333 traffic summonses from 1999 to 2018, followed by the youth and sports ministry which owes RM29,250 for 135 traffic summonses since 2006.

“Unpaid traffic summonses for 13 ministries amounts to RM430,000 for a 10-year period,” Nik Azman said.

“Traffic summonses were not settled because the relevant heads of departments did not issue letters to remind the drivers or car users.”

He said another reason for the unpaid summonses was that the heads of departments could not trace the drivers.

Nik Azman also said 16 ministries had failed to update their vehicle log books.

“The books need to be updated by the driver for every trip, as well as during the vehicle’s service,” he said.

“This is to ensure that no one abuses the government’s vehicles.”