PAC holds proceedings on EMGS, LPG subsidy

PAC chairman Noraini Ahmad says issues concerning EMGS and management of the LPG subsidy were raised in the 2018 Auditor-General’s Report.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today held proceedings on the development of Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) and the management of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) subsidy.

Its chairman Noraini Ahmad said that during the proceeding on EMGS, which comes under the education ministry, the committee heard statements from the ministry’s secretary-general Mohd Gazali Abas, Higher Education Department director-general Siti Hamisah Tapsir and EMGS chief executive officer Shahinuddin Sharif.

It was briefed on issues including corporate governance and the management of the remaining government grant amounting to RM22.13 million which has yet to be utilised for promotion and marketing.

“Apart from that, data on international students who will be completing or had completed their studies was not updated in the Student Application & Registration System (STAR), and the report for each promotion and marketing activity was not tabled at the EMGS board of directors’ meeting,” she said in a statement.

During the proceeding on LPG subsidy management under the Finance Ministry as well as the Customs Department, Noraini said the committee heard statements from Treasury deputy secretary-general (Policy) Siti Zauyah Md Desa, who represented secretary-general Ahmad Badri Mohd Zahir, and Customs director-general Paddy Abdul Halim.

“Members of PAC raised questions on the weaknesses in LPG subsidy payment management, weaknesses in enforcement and monitoring as well as failure of LPG wholesalers and retailers to maintain a proper stock record.

“Some wholesale and retail premises did not have evidence of ever being inspected by the domestic trade and consumerism ministry enforcement officers,” she said.

Noraini said both issues were raised in the 2018 Auditor-General’s Report Series 1.