Hands off our VEP probe, PAC tells parties contesting Tanjung Piai

PAC chief Noraini Ahmad.

PETALING JAYA: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said the bi-partisan committee’s current probe into the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) system and Road Charge (RC) between Johor and Singapore should not be used by political parties in the Tanjung Piai by-election campaign.

PAC chief Noraini Ahmad said statements and documents raised during proceedings are confidential, adding that the committee had yet to finalise its findings.

“It is highly irresponsible to link anyone to the proceedings or make reference to PAC as part of their campaign in the Tanjung Piai by-election,” Noraini, who is Barisan Nasional’s Parit Sulong MP, said in a statement.

This comes after BN’s candidate for Tanjung Piai, Wee Jeck Seng was accused of corruption linked to VEP.

Wee has since denied the claims.

PAC is looking into the VEP system and RC following questions raised in the Auditor-General’s Report 2017 (second series) last year on the manner in which contracts were awarded without open tender.

The audit report also said the VEP system had failed to recognise the plate numbers of 0.07% of vehicles, leading to RM17,100 in losses.

VEP is a permit issued by the Road Transport Department, allowing the entry of foreign vehicles into Malaysia.

RC is a RM20 fee imposed on all foreign-registered private vehicles (excluding motorcycles) which enter Malaysia.

Noraini said the PAC report’s would only be public once tabled in the Dewan Rakyat.