Selasa, 25 Oktober 2011

Dr Shafie Abu Bakar

Dr Shafie Abu Bakar

Makan Malam & Sumbangan Kebajikan Sempena Deepavali: MGR Menjelma Di Pekan Bangi ?

Posted: 25 Oct 2011 04:19 PM PDT

Ahli Parlimen Kota Belud

Ahli Parlimen Kota Belud

Bahas MP Kota Belud dan Menteri Dalam Negeri mengenai Bersih 24hb Okt 2011.

Posted: 25 Oct 2011 06:06 AM PDT

Perbahasan MP Kota Belud mengenai Bersih. 24hb Okt 2011.


Bahas MP Kota Belud dan Menteri JPM menegenai defisit bajet Bhg 2

Posted: 25 Oct 2011 05:49 AM PDT

Perbahasan MP Kota Belud dengan Menteri Tan Sri Nor Yakcop mengenai defisit negara. 24hb Okt 2011


Bahas MP Kota Belud dan Menteri JPM

Posted: 25 Oct 2011 05:34 AM PDT

Bahas Bajet antara Mp Kota Belud dan Menteri Jabatan Perdana Menteri semasa sesi pengulungan Kementerian. 24hb Okt 2011.


N45 Dr Halimah Ali

N45 Dr Halimah Ali

Gula yang berharga RM170 sekilo

Posted: 25 Oct 2011 08:44 AM PDT

Giatmara 'bought' sugar for RM170 per kilo

October 25, 2011
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 — The Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) training centre paid RM25,500 for 150kg of sugar before realising it had made a mistake, according to the government.
The Treasury said in its explanation to the Auditor-General's findings made public yesterday that the Giatmara centre had mistakenly paid RM170 per kg instead of RM1.70 per kg for sugar for a poverty eradication programme last year.
The reply, found in the 2010 audit report, said that "the mistake was not detected ... resulting in overpayment of RM25,245."
It added that after Giatmara sent written requests to JD Works Enterprise to reclaim the surplus payment, the supplier "agreed to return the difference by instalments."
JD Works Enterprise paid RM1,000 a month from July to September 2011, leaving a balance of RM22,245.
Mara management then ordered Giatmara chairman Datuk Shahiruddin Ab Moin to investigate the matter on September 23, 2011.
It was only then that JD Works issued a cheque for the remainder.

Air di sekolah dicemari bakteria dari najis: di mana TPM?!

Posted: 25 Oct 2011 08:10 AM PDT

Air berkuman dibekalkan ke 10 sekolah
Laporan Ketua Audit Negara 2101 mendapati bahawa bekalan air terawat ke kantin sepuluh sekolah rendah mengandungi tahap bakteria dan logam yang tidak selamat untuk diminum.

NONEPenemuan ini berdasarkan ujian air tawar, yang dijalankan pasukan audit ke atas air yang telah dirawat dan air paip ke kantin di 13 buah sekolah.

Air yang digunakan di kantin SK Kg Kudong, Segamat; SK Sejagong, Batu Pahat didapati mengandungi kehadiran bakteria seperti Total Coliform dan E Coli yang tinggi.

"Pihak KKM memanadang berat pelanggaran paarmeter bakteria dalam air terawat yang dikesan dalam kajian ini kerana kehadiran bakteria seperti Total Coliform dan E Coli dalam air minum boleh menyebabkan wabak penyakit bawaan air seperti kolera, tifoid dan hepatitis A sekiranya air yang tercemar diminum secara terus dan berterusan," petik laporan itu.

NONEAir yang dianggap selamat untuk diminum tidak seharusnya mempunyai sebarang Coliform dan E Coli manakala paras 6.5 hingga 9 pada skala pH.

Sekolah-sekolah lain yang disenaraikan mempunyai tahap 'terlalu tinggi' bakteria yang boleh  menyebabkan keracunan makanan, adalah:
  • SRJK (T) Ladang Lambak, Kluang
  • SMK Alor Pasir, Tanah Merah
  • SK Lata Rek, Kuala Krai
  • SK Juara, Rompin
  • SK Luat, Lenggong
Keputusan dari SK Benggol Petai, Pasir Mas dan SK Kuala Koyan, Kuala Lipis juga menunjukkan tahap 'terlalu tinggi' untuk kiraan bakteria Coliform.

念群与沙登人民同在 | Nie Ching for Serdang

念群与沙登人民同在 | Nie Ching for Serdang

Happy Deepavali !

Posted: 25 Oct 2011 09:46 AM PDT

I would like to take this short post to wish all friends especially our Hindu fellows a very happy Deepavali! May the Festival of Light bring more "lightness" into our life. May the justice triumph over the evil, always.


[The Star] Parliamentarians all a-Twitter over Auditor-General's Report

Posted: 25 Oct 2011 09:42 AM PDT

PETALING JAYA: Barisan Nasional and Opposition parliamentarians were embroiled in a “Twitter war” after the Auditor-General's Report was made available.

While Opposition MPs highlighted the wastage committed by the Government, Barisan representatives drew attention to discrepancies by the state governments under Pakatan Rakyat in their tweets.

DAP's Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua was one of the most active.

He posted no less than 20 tweets of his thoughts and findings on the report.

“AG Report: RM67.7m worth of hi-tech equipment delivered to National Space Centre since 2008 still in original packaging,” read one of Pua's tweets.


LAPORAN KETUA AUDIT NEGARA 2010: Pandangan Media Malaysia

Posted: 25 Oct 2011 05:11 AM PDT


PAC to haul up seven ministries, agencies for weak finances

By Yow Hong Chieh October 24, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 — The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will probe seven ministries and agencies for weak financial management.
They are the Health Ministry; Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry; Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry; Transport Ministry; Internal Revenue Board; Customs Department and the Malaysia Stadiums Corporation.
"These are the seven... recommended in the Auditor-General's Report but we will decide next week if we will increase the number,‖ PAC chairman Datuk Seri Azmi Khalid told reporters after the Auditor-General briefed the committee.
Also present was Auditor-General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang and other PAC members.
But Azmi stressed that federal ministries and agencies had shown improvement in managing their finances, with 43 scoring the highest four-star rating.

Sixty ministries and agencies also scored three stars, while only two received two-star ratings.
"Not one... received a (single) red-star which indicates (a performance of) below 49 per cent,‖ Azmi said.
He added that, out of the 172 cases of weak financial management highlighted in the 2008 Auditor-General's Report, 98 per cent had been resolved, while 88 per cent of those highlighted in 2009 had been dealt with.
Nine federal ministries and departments overspent last year's overall operational allocation by a total of RM3.73 billion, according to the 2010 Auditor-General's Report released today.
They include the Education Ministry, Health Ministry, Home Ministry, Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Ministry, Public Service Department, Attorney-General's Department, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the Public Services Commission.
The report stated that the overspending was unavoidable due to additional activities and unscheduled payments.
"According to financial rules, an expenditure can only be carried out if the approved financial allocation was enough. The audit checks found that this rule was not fully abided by several ministries who have overspent beyond what has been allocated.

"This shows that there is still weakness in the planning and management of expenditures even though this issue has been frequently raised,‖ said the report.
The report also found 75 cases of over-expenditure in 14 different ministries in terms of service payments and supplies amounting to RM306.01 million.
There were also 17 cases within eight ministries last year where a total of RM98.8 million in allocations went unspent.

Nine ministries or depts overspent by RM3.73bil

PETALING JAYA: Nine ministries or departments have overspent their operating allocation for last year by a total of RM3.73bil, according to the Auditor-General's Report.
They were the Education Mi-nistry, Health Ministry, Home Ministry, Defence Ministry, Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Ministry, Public Service Department, Attorney-General's Department, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Com-mission and Public Services Com-mission.
The report said feedback from the ministries and departments showed that they had a thrifty policy but the overspending happened because of unavoidable circumstances due to increased activities and unscheduled payments.
The Parliament had approved the additional allocation in a circular dated June 3.

"According to financial rules, an expenditure can only be carried out if the approved financial allocation was sufficient.
"The audit checks found that this rule was not fully abided by several ministries which overspent.
"Some ministries and departments also did not spend the approved allocations. This shows that there is still weakness in the planning and management of expenditure, although this issue has been frequently raised,‖ the report stated.
An analysis of last year's operating expenditure found 138 cases of weak expenditure management totalling RM360.96mil, it said.
As for the development expenditure, the report stated that seven ministries or departments had overspent by RM16.45mil to fund 12 projects.
According to the ministries and departments, the over-expenditure was because the transfer of allocations could not be implemented before the closing of accounts and expenditure during natural disasters, the report said.

Wee explains Auditor-General's report on Education Ministry

Written by Bernama

Monday, 24 October 2011 17:14

KUALA LUMPUR: Actual expenditure by the Ministry of Education (MOE) last year exceeded the amount allocated due to increased operating cost.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said last year, MOE was allocated over RM26.49bil while the actual expenditure exceeded RM28.25bil, up 6.6 percent.
"Among reasons for the increase in expenditure by MOE is the 500,000 teachers and staff and 70 percent of operating cost involve emoluments.
"Every time we transfer (staff and teachers) we pay allowances. This sometimes lead to different expenditure as there is an increase," he told reporters at parliament lobby here on Monday, Oct 24.

Wee was commenting on the Auditor General's Report 2010 which said that MOE is one of nine ministries and departments to record actual expenditure that exceeded allocation.
The implementation of new policies such as 1Murid 1Sukan also contribute to higher operating expenditure as it involves increased allocation for each pupil.
Some projects could not be implemented for several reasons including land matters and the allocation would be returned to the federal government.
"All were based on parliament approval. Each time there is supplementary supply, MOE has to ask for more due to new policies and implementation of certain projects.
"This is important because education is important in the national development agenda," said Wee. – Bernama

Audit: Not even 1pc Sabah computer labs completed

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal October 24, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 — Only two out of 300 computer laboratories for Sabah schools have been constructed since the government began its RM160.73 million project in April 2008, the Auditor-General's report said today.
Sabah recorded the highest number of computer lab construction projects as well as costs, followed by Sarawak (RM49 million), Johor (RM10.88 million) and Selangor (RM11.95 million.)
The report added Sabah was the only state with unfinished computer labs, and that other states had long since completed the construction of the facilities in schools.
"The computer lab project in Sabah has failed to reach its objective because the contractor failed to prepare and deliver the project following the stipulated time frame,‖ the Auditor-General's Report said.
The contract was awarded to TimeCom Holdings Sdn Bhd on June 15, 2007, and was scheduled to have been completed by April 30, 2008.
The report said the delay in the construction of labs has cost the government RM3.17 million in ―liquidated and ascertained damages.

Ministry still owes RM110m farmers' incentives, says audit report

By Melissa Chi October 24, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 — The Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry has yet to pay RM110.67 million it owed to more than 70,000 farmers under a scheme to encourage a higher rice production, according to the Auditor-General's report today.
Citing Padiberas Nasional Berhad (Bernas), Malaysia's rice industry regulator, the report said the farmers were eligible to receive RM341.29 million between January 2007 and January 2010. However, Bernas only managed to pay incentives worth RM230.62 million as at end 2010, citing lack of funds.
This resulted in 73,291 farmers not receiving incentives totalling RM110.67 million.
Bernas currently controls about 24 per cent of the paddy market and 45 per cent of the local rice demand.
The company is also Malaysia's sole importer and exporter, currently importing about 20 per cent of the country's rice supply, mainly from Thailand and Vietnam.
Under the incentive programme to increase rice production (IPH), RM650 is given for each metric tonne per hectare to farmers who have more than two hectares of paddy fields. Farmers with fields smaller than two hectares would receive a minimum of RM200.
The initial estimated budget for the scheme was RM29 million a year.

The report found that Bernas had only informed the ministry of a lack of funds in 2010 during the audit process. The ministry subsequently sought for an additional RM205 million from the Finance Ministry on June 2010.
However, the application was rejected and the ministry was asked instead to review the priority of current programmes and budget accordingly.
The Cabinet has also approved RM80 million for the IPH programme in 2011.
"The ministry should have an effective monitoring mechanism to complete and expedite the investigations so that the objective of the incentive programme can be attained,‖ the report said.
The report also found that most farmers do not know the rate of the incentive they are eligible for if their rice production increases and that they do not know that they are eligible to receive incentive if they work harder to increase rice production.
The report also recommended the ministry take immediate action to re-evaluate the programme's priority to ensure adequate funding to pay for the promised incentives.
RM6.7m for fishermen displaced by Second Penang Bridge
By Yow Hong Chieh October 24, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 — The Finance Ministry's Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd (JKSB) today paid RM6.69 million in compensation to fishermen and breeders affected by construction of the Second Penang Bridge.
JKSB, which oversees construction of the link between Batu Maung and Seberang Prai, paid RM6 million to 2,882 fishermen and RM685,000 to 129 breeders, according to Bernama Online.
First-tier boat owners and their workers received RM5,100 and RM1,700 respectively, second-tier boat owners and their workers were paid RM2,300 and RM916 respectively, while tier three boat owners and their workers correspondingly received RM1,140 and RM570.
"We take note that the company has done its best to ensure the bridge construction will not adversely affect the marine life there,‖ Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar said.
He added that fishermen and breeders had asked for RM27.4 million in compensation from the Malaysian Fisheries Development Authority, but settled for RM6.69 million after a series of negotiations.
Auditor-General: Tourism Ministry overpaid RM270m for ads

UPDATED @ 09:25:13 PM 24-10-2011 By Debra Chong October 24, 2011

Datuk Seri Ng Yen Yen's ministry decision to opt for direct booking resulted in RM270 million in additional expenditure.

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 — The Tourism Ministry overpaid nearly RM270 million for advertisements when it chose to use direct bookings instead of open tenders, the Auditor-General reported today.
The report noted that in doing so, the ministry had also breached the Treasury's regulations as laid down in a circular in 2007.
The ministry also spent a whopping RM1.95 million to buy 1,000 racks — RM1,950 per rack — to hold its tourism pamphlets for the Visit Malaysia Year 2007 campaign, the report said, again pointing out the move was done without the treasury's approval.
Auditor-General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang said the ministry must hold an open tender ―so the price offered will be more competitive, transparent and provide better value for money‖.
"In addition, this method would have avoided power abuse as well as created internal controls and good governance in booking advertisement space,‖ he said in the report.
He noted further that if the ministry had held an open tender, its advertising spending would have cost RM75.38 million.
The Auditor-General said it was also unable to confirm the distribution of 22 of the 1,000 racks as the ministry could not supply the note of delivery as proof of claim, while another 127 racks were also not accounted for.
It noted the ministry's explanation that 622 racks had been distributed to hotels, 127 were ―expired‖ by the contracted company, Leo Communications Sdn Bhd, due to ―financial complications‖ and lack of storage space, and as many as 85 racks were locked in the company's storage hold.

Ambrin urged the ministry to plan its yearly budget with greater care and detail to support its overall operational spending.
"This is so the advertising and promotional support activities planned can be implemented to increase the number of tourists to Malaysia and grow domestic tourism,‖ he said in the report.
He noted there were a total of 24.58 million foreign tourists to Malaysia in December 2010, a slight increase from the projected 24 million target and 2009's 23.65 million visitors.
Laporan Audit: LPPM beri tender runding terus iklan RM194.31 juta

KUALA LUMPUR: Lembaga Penggalakan Pelancongan Malaysia (LPPM) memberikan projek ruangan iklan secara runding terus sebanyak RM194.31 juta, dedah Laporan Ketua Audit Negara 2010.
Laporan Audit menjelaskan LPPM, yang diletakkan di bawah kementerian Pelancongan telah membuat tempahan ruangan iklan berkenaan dalam tempoh dua tahun, yang lebih tinggi berbanding nilai secara tender.
"LPPM telah membuat perolehan tempahan ruang iklan secara rundingan terus berjumlah RM194.31 juta atau 72.1 peratus berbanding sejumlah RM75.38 juta secara tender bagi tahun 2009 dan 2010.

Menurut laporan Audit, pembelian sebanyak 1,000 unit rak besi risalah Visit Malaysia 2007 berjumlah RM1.95 juta juga dibuat secara runding terus tanpa kelulusan kementerian kewangan.
"Perjanjian tidak disediakan bagi menetapkan spesifikasi bekalan dan tempoh penghantaran antara kementerian Pelancongan atau LPPM dengan pembekal,‖ petik laporan Audit.
Menurutnya, pemasangan papan tanda di Indonesia juga tidak mengambil kira pandangan pengarah Pelancongan Malaysia dan Indonesia terhadap cadangan lokasi pemasangan yang dianggap kurang sesuai.
"Lawatan Audit di lokasi pengiklanan sekitar Johor Bahru, Pulau Pinang, Kuala Lumpur dan Lembah Klang mendapati lokasi pemasangan yang telah dibina juga kurang strategik, berlaku kehilangan dan kerosakan lampu.
"Perolehan aktiviti pengiklanan dan promosi yang dibuat melalui arahan kementerian Pelancongan tidak dibentangkan dalam mesyuarat Lembaga Pengarah LPPM,‖ jelas laporan Audit.
Justeru itu, Ketua Audit Negara, Tan Sri Ambrin Buang mengesyorkan LPPM mematuhi peraturan perolehan yang ditetapkan supaya dapat diteliti dan dinilai jawatankuasa Teknikal dan Kewangan.
"Kementerian Pelancongan dan LPPM hendaklah mernjalankan siasatan terhadap perolehan yang tidak mengikut peraturan kewangan.
"Sekiranya berlaku penyelewengan dan penyalahgunaan kuasa, perkara tersebut perlu dilaporkan kepada pihak berkenaan dan tindakan tatatertib hendak lah diambil,‖ jelas laporan itu.
Selain itu, LPPM juga disaran memastikan perjanjian dengan pembekal ditandatangani dan pengesahan penerimaan barangan dibuat sebelum pembayaran dijelaskan.
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Bonus bonanza at GLCs despite losses, says Auditor-General report

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal October 24, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 — Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) and Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd were among six government-linked companies (GLCs) that paid employees up to two months' bonus despite suffering an accumulated RM354.91 million in losses in 2009, the Auditor-General's report said today.
The report also said that sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional was among ten government companies that have not paid Putrajaya any dividends despite making net profits in 2009.
IWK, which suffered losses amounting to RM33.35 million in 2009, made between one-and-a-half to two month's bonus payments to its staff during the year.
Prasarana, which lost RM188.03 million in the same year, gave out one-and-a-half months' bonus to its staff.
Companies such as Halal Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (HIDC), Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB), and Mimos Bhd recorded RM14.57 million, RM92.59 million and RM5.3 million losses respectively in 2009. These companies paid out two to three months' worth of bonuses to staff.
"Among the justification for approval for bonus payments are to lessen the financial burden of employees... higher KPI (key performance index) standards which reaches desired targets and companies which are not profit-oriented,‖ said the report.

The report also found that 10 GLCs have not made paid Putrajaya any form of dividends despite making profits last year.
It also said two companies — Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation Sdn Bhd (BiotechCorp) and UDA Holdings Bhd — recorded after-tax profits for three years in a row, but have not paid any dividends to the government or stated reasons for not doing so.
Eight other companies — Pembinaan BLT Sdn Bhd, Water Asset Management Company (PAAB), Hotel Seri Malaysia network chain (RHSM), Sarawak Hidro Sdn Bhd, Sepang International Circuit Sdn Bhd, Cyberview Sdn Bhd, Khazanah Nasional Bhd and Multimedia Development Corporation Sdn Bhd — also did not pay dividends to the government despite being profitable in 2009.
"The Auditor-General is of the view that to ensure the best form of administration, all companies need to have a dividend policy which is fitted in the company's corporate plans.
"This is needed to safeguard the company's image and the interest of the government which has investments in these companies,‖ the report said.
Pua demands MinDef explain extra RM6b for APCs

By Yow Hong Chieh October 24, 2011

Zahid claims to have no knowledge of the transaction between the two firms. — File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 — The Defence Ministry must explain why it paid RM7.6 billion for armoured personnel carriers (APC) procured by DRB-Hicom Bhd for only US$559 million (RM1.7 billion), Tony Pua said today.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi told Parliament last Tuesday his ministry did not have any information about the deal between DRB-Hicom unit Defence Technologies Sdn Bhd (Deftech) and Turkish firm FMC-Nurol Defense System (FNSS) for 257 units of Pars 8x8 APCs.
But Pua said today it was unacceptable for Zahid to say he knew nothing about the deal as the minister had witnessed its signing in February, according to the Turkish press.
"How can he claim to know nothing about the difference in price when he was there (in Turkey) witnessing the signing between the two parties?‖
"And the difference in price is so big, surely a responsible government must ask... what are the differences that make up the gap?‖ the DAP publicity chief told reporters in the Parliament lobby here.
Pua stressed that any government that wanted to rein in its expenditure must be able to account for the RM6 billion difference in pricing.
He added that Zahid should give a proper response in Parliament and not just brush off the question while ―acting stupid‖.
"I don't know whether he's pretending to be stupid or really the ministry doesn't know anything,‖ Pua said.

Deftech chief executive Abdul Harith Abdullah said last year the cost of the FNSS contract includes manufacturing and other costs associated with the production of a new combat vehicle.
The Malaysian-developed APC is built from the Pars APC produced by FNSS of Turkey, in co-operation with US company, General Purpose Vehicle.
Deftech is to build 12 variants from the base vehicle, including personnel carriers, anti-tank weapon carriers, command and control as well as anti-aircraft weapon vehicles.
'DAP's Tony Pua got the APC price wrong'

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6:08PM Oct 24, 2011

The government bought 257 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) for RM7.55 billion and not for RM7.8 billion as claimed by opposition MP Tony Pua (DAP-Petaling Jaya Utara).
In a written reply dated Oct 18, Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the ministry did not have any information on Pua's claim that the government had purchased the vehicles from Deftech Sdn Bhd for RM7.8 billion.
According to its website, Deftech is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DRB-Hicom Bhd.

"However, the ministry confirms that the baseline vehicles and one-man turret components in the APCs were made of material and technology from the said Turkish defence company, FNSS," Ahmad Zahid said.
He said the purchase of the APCs were for a period of seven years, from this year until 2018.
"The ministry has no knowledge related to the purchase of the 257 APCs by Deftech at a cost of US$559 million (RM1.68 billion)," Ahmad Zahid added.
In the Parliament lobby later, Pua, quoting an online news report by Turkish Press, said FNSS and Deftech had signed a deal to sell 257 Turkish Pars 8×8 APCs to the Malaysian military, but at four times the original purchase price.
"The report also said that Ahmad Zahid had witnessed the signing of the agreement in Ankara, Turkey, in February this year," he said challenging ther minister's written reply to Parliament.
The MP demanded to know why there was a "huge difference" between the Deftech purchase price of the armoured combat vehicles from FNSS and the price of the APCs it sold to the government.
"What made up such a huge gap?" he asked.
"Is the ministry pretending to be stupid, or does it really have no knowledge about the transaction?" Pua asked when calling on Ahmad Zahid to clarify the matter.

RM142m RazakSAT faulty after just one year, says federal auditor

By Shannon Teoh October 24, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 — Malfunctions barely a year after the RM142 million RazakSAT satellite was launched caused it to take 1,328 unusable mapping images that were inaccurate by up to 37km, the Auditor-General's report showed today.
The report made available today said state-owned Astronautic Technology Sdn Bhd (ATSB), which operates RazakSAT, lost RM10.89 million in 2009, of which RM7.7 million went towards insurance premiums for the faulty satellite.
"The operational lifespan of RazakSAT is three years. But the RazakSAT satellite failed to function fully on August 30, 2010, a year and sixteen days from launch date,‖ Auditor-General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang wrote.
The Auditor General added that the remote sensing satellite was designed to ―capture images within 1km accuracy‖ but ―an image of an area in Sungai Buloh and Subang missed by 37km and captured Kuala Selangor.‖
As a result, 1,328 high-resolution images could not be used for the project's stated objective of providing remote information for land development, forestry and fish migration.
ATSB had promised to deliver images from the satellite, touted as the world's first remote sensing satellite launched into near equatorial orbit (NEqO), last year but have yet to release any pictures.

Its orbit allows RazakSAT to revisit some parts of Malaysia every 90 minutes, instead of once every two weeks as is normal with sun-synchronous optical satellites.
The Auditor-General said that ATSB, which built the satellite with a RM141.8 million government grant, had made corrections to the satellite but only reduced the level of error by between 2.4 and 22km.
The report said efforts to improve RazakSAT's accuracy were terminated in December 2010 and ―the payment to ATSB was settled for a RM650,000 discount from the total project price of RM5.96 million.‖
"Based on the feedback from ATSB, the RazakSAT satellite is a research and development project and not a commercial project,‖ the audit added.
ATSB's website calls the RazakSAT project a ―cost-effective high resolution imaging system for Earth observation specifically for a small satellite (weighing) less than 200kg‖.
Audit beri amaran selenggara segera bumbung Stadum Nasional elak runtuh

Oleh G Manimaran October 24, 2011

Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil yang menjadi ikon kemudahan sukan di negara ini, dirasmikan pada 1998 menjelang Sukan Komanwel. — Foto ihsan

KUALA LUMPUR, 24 Okt — Bumbung Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil, pusat sukan yang menjadi lokasi nadi Sukan Komanwel 1998, telah tamat tempoh jaminan tiga tahun lalu dan memerlukan kerja-kerja penyelenggaraan segera demi keselamatan dan keselesaan pengguna, kata laporan Ketua Audit Negara 2010.
"Semakin Audit mendapati bumbung stadium tersebut telah tamat tempoh jaminan pada 2008 dan masih digunakan sehingga kini.

"Sebahagian besar bumbung didapati telah terkoyak dan skru kabelnya longgar dan berkarat,‖ kata Ketua Audit Negara Tan Sri Ambrin Buang dalam laporannya dikeluarkan hari ini.
Katanya, masalah itu antara lain berpunca daripada kelewatan dan ketiadaan kelulusan mendapatkan peruntukan daripada kerajaan.
Selain Stadium Nasional, Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil juga berhadapan dengan masalah mendapatkan peruntukan.'
Tanpa merujuk kepada mana-mana kes sebelum ini, Ambrin berkata tindakan segera perlu diambil bagi mengelakkan insiden bumbung stadium runtuh.
Terengganu menyaksikan bumbung Stadium Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin runtuh dua tahun lalu.
Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil ialah pusat sukan dan bangunan sukan paling terkenal di Kompleks Sukan Negara, Bukit Jalil. Ia mempunyai tempat duduk berbumbung untuk 100,000 penonton.
Maklumat sebelum ini menunjukkan ia mampu menganjurkan pelbagai acara dan juga sebagai tempat acara olahraga dan telah direka bentuk mengikut

piawaian Kejohanan Dunia dan Sukan Olimpik dan mempunyai kemudahan padang dan trek.
Ambrin berkata pihak Audit berpendapat berlaku kelewatan melaksanakan kerja-kerja penukaran bumbung di Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil yang telah tamat tempoh jaminan kerana peruntukan yang dimohon semenjak 2006 tidak diluluskan.
"Ini boleh menjejaskan keselesaan pengguna kerana terdesah kepada hujan serta membahayakan pengguna sekiranya berlaku bumbung runtuh terutamanya bagi penganjuran acara dan kejohanan peringkat antarabangsa.
"Selian itu, PSM perlu membuat perancangan rapi untuk kerja penukaran bumbung tersebut supaya kerja dapat dilaksanakan dengan teratur dan mengikut jadual yang ditetapkan.
"Ini bagi memastikan hasil penyewaan stadium tidak terjejas sekiranya berlaku kelewatan penukaran bumbung,‖ kata beliau.
Laporan itu menyebut Perbadanan Stadium Malaysia (PSM) telah mengambil tindakan memohon peruntukan bagi mengatasi masalah itu dengan membuat enam permohonan dan telah dipanjangkan kepada Kementerian Belia dan Sukan mulai 2006 hingga 2010
PSM telah membuat dua permohonan tahun lalu, RM40 juta pada 8 Februari dan RM35 juta 20 September di bawah peruntukan Rancangan Malaysia Kesembilan.
"Bagaimanapun kerajaan telah meluluskan peruntukan sejumlah RM30 juta di bawah Rancangan Malaysia Kesembilan pada bulan Disember 2010.

"PSM melalui Kementerian Belia dan Sukan telah menyerahkan pelaksanaan kerja penukaran bumbung stadium kepada Jabatan Kerja Rayat pada April 2011 kerana PSM tidak mempunyai kepakaran teknikal,‖ katanya lagi.
Ambrin berkata kelewatan bukan disebabkan pihak PSM kerana perbadanan telah memulakan tindakan awal mulai 2006 bagi mengatasi masalah yang timbul.
"Kelewatan juga adalah berpunca daripada pihak lain dan disebabkan kekangan kewangan kerajaan adalah faktor utama kelewatan ini berlaku. PSM selaku pengurus dan pentadbir Kompleks Sukan Negara telah melaksanakan tugas dengan melaporkan masalah yang dihadapi,‖ katanya lagi.
Malah katanya, semakan lanjut mendapati PSM telah memohon peruntukan bagi menukar bumbung Stadium Putra sebanyak empat kali, antara 2006 dan 2010, tetapi tidak diluluskan.
"Pada Mac 2010, PSM sekali lagi telah memohon peruntukan sejumlah RM6 juta di bawah peruntukan Rancangan Malaysia Ke-10. Kerajaan telah meluluskan permohonan sejumlah RM6 juta pada Januari 2011,‖ katanya.
Laporan Audit: JPA terlebih bayar pencen lebih 2,300 penerima
Oleh G Manimaran October 24, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, 24 Okt – Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA) telah terlebih bayar pencen membabitkan pesara yang telah meninggal dunia dan masih hidup melibatkan jumlah lebih RM4 juta sepanjang tiga tahun sejak 2007.

Laporan Ketua Audit Negara 2010 yang dikeluarkan hari ini menyebut berdasarkan Daftar Bayaran Balik Pencen Terlebih dibayar bagi tempoh 2007 hingga September 2010, sejumlah RM2.57 juta bayaran pencen bulanan telah dibayar kepada 1,975 pesara atau penerima pencen yang telah meninggal dunia.
Selain itu, Laporan Ketua Audit Negara juga berkata semakan terhadap Daftar Bayaran Balik Pencen Terlebih bagi tempoh 2007 hingga September 2010 juga menunjukkan sejumlah RM2.09 juta telah terlebih dibayar kepada 339 pesara atau penerima yang masih hidup.
Daripada lebihan bayaran RM2.57 juta, kata laporan tersebut, sejumlah RM850,000 telah dapat dikutip balik daripada 965 waris dan baki RM1.72 juta yang sepatutnya dituntut daripada 1,010 waris mendapati, hanya RM390,000 sedang dikutip daripada206 waris secara bayaran ansuran.
"Manakala sejumlah RM1.33 juta masih belum dapati dikutip balik disebabkan notis tuntutan tidak dapat diserahkan kepada waris sama ada mereka tidak dapat dikesan, telah berpindah ke tempat lain atau telah meninggal dunia. Namun begitu bagi notis tuntutan yang telah dapat diserahkan kepada waris pula masih tiada bayaran balik dibuat,‖ katanya.
Mengenai RM2.09 juta telah terlebih dibayar kepada 339 pesara atau penerima yang masih hidup, laporan berkata, ―berdasarkan maklum balas Bahagian Pasca Perkhidmatan (BP), kes-kes terlebih bayar berpunca daripada kelonggaran kawalan dalaman antaranya tiada amaran sekiranya amaun pencen melebihi gaji akhir, tiada akaun pencen dan tiada had maksimum tempoh perkhidmaan yang boleh diambil kira untuk pengiraan pencen.‖

Laporan itu menambah, semakan Audit juga menunjukkan BP telah mengambil tindakan mengutip balik jumlah pencen terlebih dibayar secara ansuran melalui potongan sebahagian pencen bulanan yang diterima oleh pesara atau penerima pencen.
"Bayaran pencen terlebih dibayar tersebut melibatkan pembayaran pencen terbitan kepada yang tidak layak seperti anak melebihi 21 tahun yang tidak melanjutkan pelajaran, jumlah pencen terbitan kepada balu atau duda tidak disusutkan kepada 70 peratus selepas 12 setengah tahun dari tarikh persaraan, khususnya bagi kes sebelum 1 Januari 2009, kesilapan membayar ke dalam dua akaun pencen serentak, kesilapan membuat dua kali pelarasan dan kesilapan perkiraan gaji akhir.
"Selain itu didapati satu kes kesilapan meletakkan titik perpuluhan telah menyebabkan pencen terlebih bayar berjumlah RM133,051 sejak Januari 2006 sehingga Mei 2007.
"Mengikut perkiraan, pencen sebenar yang patut diterima adalah berjumlah RM214.33 sebulan tetapi pesara telah dibayar sejumlah RM21,433 sebulan untuk tempoh selama 16 bulan,‖ katanya sambil menambah, bagaimanapun pesara berkenaan telah meninggal dunia pada 2007 dan potongan telah dibuat daripada pencen bulanan pesara mulai Julai 2007.
"Selepas pesara meninggal dunia, kutipan masih diteruskan daripada pencen terbitan sehingga Mei 2044,‖ katanya lagi.

Laporan Audit: LPKP ambil lebih 700 hari selesai kes, aduan

October 24, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, 24 Okt — Laporan Ketua Audit Negara 2010 mendedahkan ada kes tangkapan dan aduan oleh Lembaga Pelesenan Kenderaan Perdagangan (LPKP) mengambil masa lebih 700 hari untuk diselesaikan.
Menurut laporan itu, tempoh tersebut bermula daripada tarikh tangkapan sehingga tindakan amaran, pembayaran kompaun, penggantungan atau pembatalan lesen yang boleh diselesaikan dalam masa sehari.
Perkara tersebut dikesan menerusi semakan terhadap 486 kes tangkapan dari tahun 2008 hingga Mei 2010, menurut laporan itu yang dikeluarkan hari ini.
Selain itu, semakan juga mendapati LPKP mengambil masa antara 41 hingga 756 hari untuk menyelesaikan 123 daripada 257 aduan, yang mana bertentangan dengan piagam organisasi iaitu 30 hari bagi urusan pengendalian aduan.
Jabatan Audit Negara turut mendapati ada kelemahan lain dalam LPKP seperti tidak mengambil tindakan pendakwaan, prosedur kerja penguatkuasaan tidak dipatuhi dan pengurusan fail serta dokumen yang tidak teratur, lapor Bernama Onlien.
Sehubungan itu, jabatan tersebut mengesyorkan Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD), yang ditubuhkan 31 Januari lalu bagi menggantikan LPKP di Semenanjung Malaysia, memperbaiki kelemahan LPKP tersebut bagi memastikan penguatkuasaan dan pengurusan yang cekap dan teratur.

Jabatan antara lain mencadangkan SPAD menetapkan tempoh masa bagi pelesen atau pemandu untuk hadir ke pejabat bagi menentukan sama ada mereka dikenakan tindakan amaran, kompaun atau dibebaskan.
Turut disyorkan agara pegawai pendakwa dilantik segera bagi membolehkan tindakan mahkamah diambil terhadap pesalah yang mempunyai kompaun tertunggak melebihi tempoh kuat kuasanya.
Jabatan itu juga menyarankan SPAD meminta Unit Pemodenan Tadbiran dan Perancangan Pengurusan Malaysia (Mampu) menjalankan kajian menyeluruh terhadap prosedur bahagian penguatkuasaan bagi memastikan kecekapan, integriti dan ketelusan operasinya.
Laporan Audit: 18 kuda RM4 juta dibeli MSN tak mampu tanding

Oleh G Manimaran October 24, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, 24 Okt – Sebanyak 18 ekor kuda dibeli dengan kos hampir RM4 juta oleh Majlis Sukan Negara (MSN) tetapi tidak dapat diturunkan dalam persaingan World Endurance Championship (WEC) 2008 sebab tidak memenuhi syarat kelayakan termasuk masalah kesihatan.
Hanya lima ekor kuda layak untuk bersaing dalam kejohanan tersebut.
Kesemua 23 kuda itu dibeli dengan kos RM5.66 juta.

Laporan Ketua Audit Negara 2010 menyebut ―pihak Audit dimaklumkan 18 ekor kuda dengan kos perolehan berjumlah RM3.94 juta tidak layak bertanding kerana tidak memenuhi syarat kelayakan yang ditetapkan oleh Persekutuan Equestrian Antarabangsa.‖
"Ini disebabkan kuda yang dibeli tidak mendapat latihan yang mencukupi memandangkan peroleh kuda dibuat dua bulan sebelum kejohanan.
"Di samping itu beberapa ekor kuda juga mengalami kecederaan sebelum kejohanan bermula,‖ kata Ketua Audit Negara Tan Sri Ambrin Buang.
Pada Februari 2007, MSN telah diminta untuk membeli enam ekor kuda bagi tujuan WEC 2008 dengan mendahulukan peruntukan sedia ada dan agensi itu telah membelanjakan RM1.98 juta bagi tujuan itu.
Pada Jun tahun yang sama, Kementerian Belia dan Sukan telah menetapkan spesifikasi dan bilangan kuda untuk ditambah sebanyak 17 ekor lagi menjadi 23 ekor untuk pertandingan tersebut.
Kata beliau, pada pandangan Audit perancangan perolehan kuda hendaklah dibuat secara teliti dengan mengambil kira tahap kesihatan dan kebolehan kuda untuk bertanding.
"ISN (Institut Sukan Negara) sepatutnya merancang perolehan dengan mengambil kira tempoh latihan yang diperlukan bagi setiap kuda untuk memenuhi syarat kelayakan FEI.
"Ini menyebabkan sebahagian besar kuda yang diberi tidak dapat menyertai (World Endurance Championship) WEC 2008,‖ katanya.

Kata laporan, walaupun usaha dilakukan untuk memastikan kuda tersebut sihat, kesihatan kuda tidak dapat dijamin sempurna sepanjang masa.
Laporan Audit berkata pihaknya mendapati ISN perlu memastikan perolehan kuda digunakan untuk menyertai kejohanan peringkat antarabangsa dan pembangunan sukan berkuda bagi tempoh tertentu sebelum diserahkan kepada agensi kerajaan yang lain.
Lebuh Raya Desaru: Silap kira kos ambil tanah, kerajaan pikul RM375 juta

Oleh G Manimaran October 24, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, 24 Okt — Laporan Ketua Audit Negara 2010 mendedahkan kos pengambilan balik tanah bagi projek Lebuh Raya Senai-Desaru meningkat hampir 103 peratus dengan kerajaan terpaksa menanggung tambahan sebanyak RM375.60 juta.
Ekoran perkembangan itu Ketua Audit Negara mahu kerajaan menentukan pendekatan baru dengan menetapkan ‗capping' yang akan diperuntukkan oleh kerajaan.
Pada awalnya syarikat konsesi Senai-Desaru Expressway Bhd (SDEB) menganggarkan kos pengambilan balik tanah hanya berjumlah RM365 juta sedangkan jumlah akhir yang dibayar adalah sebanyak RM740.6 juta iaitu perbezaan sebanyak 102.9 peratus, kata laporan itu.
Lebuh Raya Senai-Desaru merupakan sebahagian daripada pembangunan Iskandar Malaysia. Laluan itu menyambungkan Senai di barat Johor dengan Desaru di timur Johor.

Fasa pertama sepanjang 77 kilometer siap pada Ogos 2009 manakala fasa kedua pula siap pada Jun 2011.
Pembinaan Lebuhraya Senai-Desaru bermula pada Julai 2004.
Dalam laporannya Ketua Audit Negara Tan Sri Ambrin Buang berkata, pada pendapat pihaknya Lembaga Lebuh Raya (LLM) tidak meneliti perancangan pembinaan lebuh raya dan aggaran kos pengambilan balik tanah menyebabkan berlakunya pertambahan kos yang ketara.
"Ini menyebabkan kerajaan terpaksa menanggung kos pengambilan balik tanah yang berjumlah RM740.6 juta iaitu peningkatan sejumlah RM375.6 juta atao 102.9 peratus.
"Sehubungan itu, syarikat konsesi tidak membuat anggaran kos pengambilan balik tanah projek lebuh raya ini dengan tepat dan realistik,‖ katanya.
Kata Amrin, walaupun perancangan awal telah dibuat dengan teliti, namun faktor pertukaran status tanah dan pemberian oleh pihak nerkuasa negeri telah menyumbang kepada kenaikan kos pengambilan tanah.
"Ini kerana kerajaann terpaksa membayar pampasan yang tinggi ke atas bangunan yang telah dibina,‖ katanya lagi.
Selain itu, anggaran kos pengambilan balik tanah telah disediakan pada 2002, katanya.

"Mengikut rekod di Bahagian Pengurusan Tanah LLM, Pelan Pengambilan Tanah di bawah Seksyen 8 Akta Pengambilan Tanah 1960 telah diwartakan pada 4 Novemver 2004 bagi Daerah Kota Tinggi dan 18 November 2004 bagi Daerah Johor Baru.
"Penilaian tanah oleh Jabatan Penilaian dan Perkhidmatan Harta adalah berdasarkan harga semasa pada November 2004 yang mana lebih tinggi daripada 2002 dan ini menyebabkan pertambahan kos yang ketara,‖ kata Amrin dalam laporannya.
Katanya, bagi mengatasi isu ini berulang, jumlah peruntukan pengambil balik tanah akan ditetapkan bagi projek penswastaan lebuh raya.
"Jika kos pengambilan anah melebih ‗capping' yang diperuntukkan, maka kos tambahan pengambilan tanah tersebut akan ditanggung oleh syarikat konsesi,‖ katanya.
Mara ticked off for high-priced purchases

Hafiz Yatim

2:18PM Oct 24, 2011

Instead of fully utilising a RM54 million allocation to provide training courses for the hardcore poor, Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) spent money on related items - at 100 percent more than the market price.

The 2010 Auditor-General's Report, tabled in the Dewan Rakyat today, states that the funds were provided under the second Economic Stimulus programme to help the poor boost their income
Some of the purchases highlighted in the report:
An oven at RM1,200 compared to the market price of RM419, for baking and pastry-making courses in Kelantan
Folding beds at RM500, against the market price of RM100
Two-burner gas cookers at RM200 each, rather than RM59.90
Hair clippers supplied at RM250 each, instead of RM79
A blender at RM140 instead of RM60
The folding beds were used to train masseuses in traditional post-maternity massage; and the hair clippers were for grooming courses.
The report notes that most of the purchases were done through direct negotiations, not open tender, and without the Finance Ministry's approval.
Standard operating procedures were not tabled before the Mara board of directors for approval either, reads the report.
Giatmara, which conducts the courses, ‗should provide detailed and complete standard operating procedures for the programme to be uniformly conducted nationwide'.
The report further notes that some decisions to buy equipment did not consider the conditions in which these would be operated.

For example, in Kapit, Sarawak, an oven and sewing machines were provided for a course, even when training centre had no electricity supply.
In other cases, cake mixers and blenders were not useful because these did not have the capacity required for cake mixtures.
Giatmara also bought a grinder with lower specifications to mix fish food, when participants could easily get fish feed in Perak.
The auditor-general has proposed that Giatmara should evaluate the capacity and suitability of each piece of equipment to meet needs.
'Well-off participants'
Among the courses conducted are baking cakes and pastries, making layer cakes, tailoring and making nasi kandar.
However, some courses were deemed not relevant - such as making layer cakes in Sarawak, baking cakes and pastries in Kelantan, and rearing catfish in Perak.
Participants are to be drawn from those whose income is below RM720 in Peninsular Malaysia, RM830 in Sarawak and RM960 in Sabah.
Yet, the auditor-general's team found that some of those who attended the courses are well-off and live in bungalows.
"Giatmara has determined that the participants should be registered under e-kasih system under the Prime Minister's Department.

"However, we found that 72.9 percent of the participants are not registered with e-kasih, under which those classified as ‗hardcore poor' are registered by the village head, district officers or assistant district officers.
"Worse, some participants are well-off individuals and not the intended target group.‖
The auditor-general has proposed that Giatmara checks the background of participants to ensure they are from the e-kasih group.
Even if they are not registered, Giatmara must verify their background in order to achieve targets.
The report adds, worryingly, that 61 participants or 47.3 percent of those interviewed had failed to generate income following the courses.


Earnings down for gov't controlled firms

4:38PM Oct 24, 2011

Forty percent of the companies controlled by the Finance Ministry - or 19 out of 47 of these companies - made losses in 2009, according to the Auditor-General's Report of 2010. The total losses amount to RM0.71 billion, but since the other 28 companies made pre-tax profits totalling RM93.06 billion, the overall pre-tax profits for the 47 companies amounted to RM92.35 billion. "This amount shows a reduction of RM3.83 billion compared with the overall pre-tax profit of RM96.18 billion in 2008," says the report. Among the best performing companies, by pre-tax profit, are Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas), Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Bhd and Cyberjaya landowner Cyberview Sdn Bhd.

The top three losers are public transport operators Syarikat Prasarana Bhd (Prasarana), Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) and little-known Assets Global Network Sdn Bhd. Eight companies insolvent The six companies posted three years of consecutive pre-tax profits or losses respectively. "A follow up audit analysis showed that the reasons for the losses are new companies formed that have yet to show results from their operations; companies set up to fulfil social interests; and special purpose vehicles that are not designed for profit and have a reduced revenue and because they could not sustain operation expenses," the report says. Overall, 44.7 percent or 21 companies posted a pre-tax profit for three years consecutively while 27.7 percent or 13 companies posted losses between 2007 and 2009. Of the 47 companies, firms involved in the economic sector collectively posted a pre-tax profit for three consecutive years, from RM77.4 billion in 2007 to RM89.7 billion in 2009. However, firms related to the infrastructure sector, such as Prasarana, collectively posted increasingly bigger losses, from RM253 million in 2007 to RM486 million in 2009. Based on the debt to equity ratio, it was found that eight companies (18.2 percent) scored negative figures for three years straight (left chart). "This shows that the companies do not have enough funds from shareholders (insolvent) and depend on borrowings to finance its entire operational, general, administration expenses," says the report. Dividend income - Petronas' burden Meanwhile, the top five contributors in dividends to the federal government are Petronas, Perbadanan Nasional Bhd (PNB), Penang Port Sdn Bhd, Technology Park Malaysia Corp Sdn Bhd and Malaysia Kuwaiti Investment Corp Bhd. The audit report explains that government-controlled firms must pay a minimum 10 percent dividend to the government every year.

Petronas has been paying a fixed amount of RM30 billion annually for the past three years and is far ahead of the other nine companies, which if combined, amount to just RM33.7 million. This means that Petronas pays 99.89 percent of the total dividends that government-controlled firms pay into federal government coffers. The Auditor General's Report 2010 was released today. It is available on the Auditor General's website here.
Price of binoculars zooms 29 times

Nigel Aw

5:45PM Oct 24, 2011

The Malaysian Marine Parks Department (JTLM) spent a whopping RM56,350 for a pair of night vision Marine binoculars, 29 times more than its market value of RM1,940, the 2010 Auditor-General's report reveals.
The department paid the same amount for another pair of night vision Bushnell binoculars, or 1,893 percent more than its actual price of RM2,827.
It similarly overpaid RM38,470 and RM13,918 for a Colour Marine radar set costing RM8,255 and a LCD TV with DVD player costing RM16,100 and RM2,182 respectively.
Other items include:
Laptop and colour printer at RM11,845, instead of RM3,428 (246 percent more)

Hand-held portable VHF Transceiver at RM4,324, instead of RM1,561 (177 percent more)
"An audit found no evidence that JTLM performed the required market research. However, JTLM had a price estimation which the department is unable to verify its basis of calculation,‖ it said.
The department did not even receive these items as intended in the agreement for its newly-built boat, which was contracted to Kejuruteraan Kapal Masai Sdn Bhd for designing, building, outfitting and testing at RM7.51 million.
For example, the LCD TV with DVD player was replaced with a RM195 Philips DVP3560K, while the night vision Marine binoculars were replaced with Marine 137507 binoculars without night vision, that cost RM1,069.
The outboard engine that was delivered was a two-stroke 15 horsepower engine costing RM6,549, when the contract had specified a four-stroke 15 horsepower engine which the report estimates to cost RM11,553.
Other ‗downgraded' items were:
Refrigerator: Mitsubishi MR-18BA (RM629) instead of Panasonic NR B261M (RM1,299)
Stove: Taiyo (RM2,110) instead of Electrolux 60cm induction stove (RM6,955)
Global Positioning System: Furuno GP320GPS WAAS Sensor (RM1,066) instead of Samyung Navis-700 (RM5,060)
CCTV system: Belco (RM640) instead of Paradox (RM5,750)
Laptop and colour printer: Acer Travel Mate 4740 and Cannon Pixma MP258 (RM2,137) instead of Acer Aspire 3935 and HP CP 1518in (RM11,845)

The department had paid the price stipulated in the contract despite not getting the equipment, leading to an estimated loss of RM114,912.
'Lives of crew at risk'
The boat which was delivered also failed to adhere to the desired specifications, with its 1,000 litre water tank being downgraded to 600 litres.
Its emergency doors which should be accessible from both sides can only be opened on one side and the doors are attached with 18 screws.
"From the auditors' check with the ship's crew, it was found the time taken for the emergency door to be opened in the deck house is approximately 20 minutes. This increases the risk of loss of life if an emergency occurs,‖ says the report.
It further notes that the boat was delivered 42 days late, and that the contractor is liable to a penalty of RM1,252.24 a day, which comes up to RM52,594.08.
However, only RM23,792.56 was collected, with the remaining RM28,801.52 being unaccounted for, the report adds.
Tuesday October 25, 2011

Dept paid RM11,800 for RM3,400 laptop and printer

PETALING JAYA: The Marine Parks Department (JTLM) overpaid between 177% and 2,805% for equipment on a new boat and was not even supplied some items, the Auditor-General's Report stated.

It said JTLM did not conduct market research when it agreed to the price listed in the contract for these items, resulting in an additional cost of RM172,501.
The glaring differences included paying 2,805% more or RM56,350 for a night vision marine binoculars although the estimated market rate for the item was RM1,940.
However, what was supplied was not the RM56,350 binoculars but a non-night vision marine binoculars worth RM1,069.
Other price differences of equipment included a night vision Bushnell binoculars for RM56,350 which was a 1,893% increase from the market price of RM2,827; RM16,100 for a LCD television and DVD player which was 638% more than the market rate of RM2,182; and RM11,845 or 246% more for a laptop and a colour printer although their market price was RM3,428.
However, the audit found that the DVD player that was supplied was only worth RM195 and the laptop and colour printer that were supplied was only worth RM2,137.
Other items that were quoted beyond the estimated market price was for a colour marine radar for RM47,725 or 478% more compared to RM8,255 and a hand-held portable VHF transceiver for RM4,324 or 177% more compared to RM1,561.
JTLM had signed a RM7.51mil 12-month contract with a company to design, build, install, test and deliver an all-weather aluminium enforcement boat by July last year.

"There was no evidence that JTLM had conducted the necessary market research.
"The procurement management needs to be handled in a more organised manner by officers who have the expertise and experience in handling Government procurement.
"Contract terms on the design and quality testing were not followed and the equipment was not supplied according to specification.
"Yet payment was fully made without any price adjustments,‖ the report said.
The Treasury replied that the estimates for the contract were based on a verbal market research with experts from the Fisheries and Marine Department as well as reference to previous tenders from the Marine Department.
It added that there was a one-year gap between the tender offer date and the supply of items resulting in some items being supplied that were not according to specifications.
However, JTLM said the change in brands did not affect the quality, function and specification of the items.
Food for pre-schoolers 'stored in toilet'
Nigel Aw
2:52PM Oct 24, 2011

A Kemas kindergarten in Alor Setar, Kedah, was found to have stored dry food in a toilet, an audit of the Community Development Department's Additional Food Plan showed.
The auditor-general, in his 2010 report, notes that this as one of several examples of poor sanitation.
"Dry food was also found to have been stored for too long until (the shelf-life) expired. (The items were) exposed to pests and placed beside chemicals such as paint," his report states.
At another kindergarten in Kota Baru, canned food was found covered with cockroach droppings.
The report also found the kindergartens had failed to adhere to the menu and recipes fixed by Kemas headquarters and the Health Ministry in food preparation.
This was discovered at 79 of the 143 kindergartens visited by an auditor.
Delays by Kemas operation centres in distributing dry food to the respective kindergartens had affected food preparation.
Another cause, the report says, was the financial department's failure to reimburse claims for expenditure by kindergartens within 14 days, with one in Gelang Patah taking as long as 66 days.

Kemas, for the second consecutive year failed, to acquire multi-vitamins for pre-schoolers as required by the programme, after its supplier abruptly pulled out, the report says.
Johor, negeri ditadbir Umno hutang RM334.51 juta

KUALA LUMPUR 25 Okt: Sangat mengaibkan apabila Johor, sebuah negeri yang ditadbir Umno-Barisan Nasional, berhutang sebanyak RM334.51 juta pada 2010.
Mengikut Laporan Ketua Audit Negara 2010 yang dikeluarkan semalam, Johor membuat empat pinjaman iaitu tiga pinjaman bagi projek bekalan air manakala satu pinjaman untuk projek Ladang Hutan Kompensatori kedua.
Sehingga akhir tahun 2010, Johor berhutang sebanyak RM134.25 juta, manakala tunggakan berjumlah RM334.51 juta, lapor Harakahdaily.
Laporan audit menjelaskan mengikut Master Aggrement antara Kerajaan Negeri Johor, Kerajaan Persekutuan, Syarikat Air Johor Sdn Bhd, Syarikat Air Johor Holding Sdn Bhd dan Pengurusan Aset Air Bhd (PAAB), pinjaman yang diterima daripada Kerajaan Persekutuan untuk membiayai projek bekalan air Johor akan diambil alih oleh PAAB.
Bagaimanapun, semakan audit mendapati proses pemgambilalihan tersebut masih belum selesai kerana baki pinjaman belum dimuktamadkan walaupun Master Agreement telah pun ditandatangani pada 11 Mac 2009.
Mengikut maklum balas, Kementerian Kewangan telah mengadakan mesyuarat bersama Kerajaan Negeri Johor, Syarikat Air Johor Holdings Sdn Bhd dan PAAB pada 8 Jun 2011 bagi membincangkan pengambilalihan pinjaman bekalan air Negeri Johor oleh PAAB.
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Laporan Ketua Audit: Prestasi perbelanjaan Kelantan tidak memuaskan

FMT Staff | October 24, 2011
Daripada RM1.70 bilion yang diperuntukan bagi 10 Jabatan, hanya RM715.23 juta atau 42.1 peratus telah dibelanjakan setakat Disember lalu.
PETALING JAYA: Pretasi perbelanjaan Rancangan Malaysia Ke-9 (RMK-9) negeri Kelantan adalah tidak memuaskan kerana daripada RM1.70 bilion yang diperuntukan bagi 10 jabatan, hanya RM715.23 juta atau 42.1 peratus telah dibelanjakan setakat Disember lalu.
Bagaimanapun, menerusi laporan Ketua Audit Negara yang dikeluarkan hari ini, analisis audit menunjukkan enam jabatan telah mencapai prestasi perbelanjaan melebihi 50 peratus.
Enam jabatan itu adalah Pejabat Pembangunan Negeri (RM214.35juta), Jabatan Perkhidmatan Veterinar Negeri (RM9.02 juta), Pejabat Menteri Besar dan Setiausaha Kerajaan (RM101.94 juta), Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran Negeri (RM29.97juta), Jabatan Pertanian Negeri (RM12.65 juta) dan Jabatan Perikanan Negeri (RM2.16 juta).
Sepanjang tempoh RMK-9 sebanyak 196 program telah dirancang untuk dilaksanakan. Daripada jumlah itu 134 program atau 68.4 peratus telah siap sepenuhnya.
"Manakala 51 projek atau 20 peratus sedang dilaksanakan.Sebanyak 11 program atau 5.6 peratus lagi masih belum dimulakan. Prestasi pelaksanaan projek sehingga akhir tahun 2010,‖ kata Ketua Audit Negara Tan Sri Ambrin Buang dalam lapuran tersebut.
Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri mencatatkan jumpah program tertinggi dengan 60 dan 42 program telah pun siap. Diikuti dengan Pejabat Perbendaharaan Negeri dengan 25 program manakala 8 program sedang dilaksanakan.
Kumpulan wang disatukan

Sementara itu, kedudukan keewangan kerajaan negeri mengikut lembaran imbangan, Kumpulan Wang Disatukan pada akhir 2010 adalah berjumlah RM148.30 juta.
Jumlah itu terdiri daripada aset berbentuk wang tunai sejumlah RM131.97 juta dan pelaburan RM16.33 juta.
"Analisis Audit mendapati Kumpulan Wang Disatukan kerajaan negeri telah mengalami peningkatan ketara sejumlah RM51.07 juta atau 52.5 peratus iaitu daripada RM97.23 juta pada 2009 menjadi RM148.30 juta 2010. Peningkatan antara lain disebabkan peningkatan baki Akaun Amanah disatukan berjumlah RM54.53 juta atau 10.2 peratus pada 2010 iaitu RM589.87 berbanding RM535.34 juta pada 2009.
"Baki Wang Tunai pada 2010 berjumlah RM131.97 juta berbanding RM79.60 juta pada 2009. Analisis perbandingan kedudukan wang tunai pada 2009 dan 2010 menunjukkan peningkatan berjumlah RM52.37 juta,‖ katanya.
Pinjaman ke atas kerajaan persekutuan meningkat
Kerajaan negeri dari semasa ke semasa menerima pinjaman daripada Kerajaan Persekutuan bagi membiayai projek pembangunannya.
Pada tahun 2010, baki hutang Kerajaan negeri meningkat sejumlah RM118.25 juta atau 11.9 peratus menjadi RM1,112 juta berbanding RM993.75 juta pada 2009.
Peningkatan ini disebabkan oleh Kerajaan negeri mendapat pinjaman baru daripada kerajaan persekutuan bagi projek membaikpulih loji rawatan pembentungan berjumlah Rn14.63 juta dan peningkatan pinjaman bagi projek bekalan air dari RM482.82 juta pada 2009 kepada RM589.74 juta pada tahun 2010.
Malah pada 2010 kerajaan negeri telah menghapuskan kira tunggakan hasil sejumlah RM0.38 juta yang merupakan cukai hiburan (bola sepak) yang dikenakan kepada Persatuan Bola Sepak Kelantan (Kafa) sejak tahun 2003.
"Analisis perbandingan antara kutipan hasil sebenar pada tahun 2010 berbanding tunggakan hasil pada tahun 2010 mendapati prestasi kutipan hasil 2010 adalah memuaskan kerana kutipan hasil meningkat sejumlah RM44.83 juta

dan tunggakan hasil turut mencatatkan peningkatan sejumlah RM0.23 juta,‖ katanya.

Laporan Audit: Harga teropong 2,805 peratus lebih tinggi
(Oleh: Ahmad Fadli)

KUALA LUMPUR 24 Okt: Laporan Ketua Audit Negara yang diserahkan di dewan rakyat selepas tertangguh selama 17 hari ternyata mengandungi beberapa pendedahan mengejutkan. Antaranya pembelian peralatan oleh Jabatan Taman Laut Malaysia (JTLM) dengan harga kontrak yang jauh lebih tinggi dan tidak masuk akal berbanding harga pasaran. Dalam laporan itu dinyatakan bahawa JTLM, iaitu agensi yang diletakkan di bawah Kementerian Sumber Asli dan Alam Sekitar, tidak melakukan kajian pasaran dalam pembelian yang dibuat mereka. ―Semakan audit mendapati tiada bukti JTLM telah membuat kajian pasaran sewajarnya. ―Bagaimanapun, pihak JTLM mempunyai anggaran harga pasaran yang tidak dapat dikenal pasti asas perkiraannya. ―Analisis Audit mendapati perbezaan harga ketara antara 177 peratus hingga 2,805 peratus terhadap kadar harga yang ditetapkan dalam kontrak berbanding anggaran harga pasaran,‖ kata laporan audit yang dikeluarkan oleh Ketua Audit Negara, Tan Sri Ambrin Buang.

Di antara pembelian tidak masuk akal yang dibuat JTLM itu adalah dua teropong pandangan malam (night vision) yang berharga cuma RM1,940 dan RM2,827 setiap satu, tetapi dibeli secara kontrak pada harga RM56,350 setiap unit. Perbezaan harga sebanyak RM54,410 dan RM53,523 itu adalah pembaziran sebanyak 2,805 peratus dan 1,893 peratus berbanding harga pasaran. Manakala harga komputer riba Acer Aspire 3935 yang sepatutnya berharga RM3,428 pada harga pasaran dibeli dengan harga RM11,845. Perbezaan harga sebanyak RM8,417 itu adalah 246 peratus lebih tinggi berbanding harga asal. Selain itu, pemain LCD dan TV LCD dibeli dengan harga RM16,100 berbanding harga pasaran iaitu sekitar RM2,182 sahaja. Sementara peralatan walkie talkie pula dibeli pada harga RM4,324 sedangkan harga pasaran hanyalah RM1,561 bagi setiap unit. Short URL:

Explain delay in tabling audit report, Najib told

S Pathmawathy
3:43PM Oct 24, 2011

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak must explain the cabinet's delay in tabling the 2010 Auditor-General's Report, a DAP parliamentarian has demanded.
Bukit Bendera MP Liew Chin Tong (left) reiterated the opposition stance that the delay had been engineered ―to separate good news from the so-called bad news to disenfranchise the MPs from debating it‖.
Auditor-General Ambrin Buang had said last week that it has been a common practice since 1982 for the report to be submitted to the cabinet before being tabled in the Dewan Rakyat.

"While we are not questioning the practice, I think the responsibility lies with the cabinet to decide when it should be presented,‖ Liew told reporters in the Parliament lobby today.
"I want the prime minister to explain why it is being presented after the policy debate has ended.‖
The bulky 31-volume report critiques federal and state expenditure, as well as debt and accounting discrepancies, and assesses national fiscal health.
It is usually tabled prior to the Budget to allow parliamentarians to debate issues it raises, during the policy stage debate of the annual Supply Bill.
However, the report was tabled later than the Budget for the second consecutive year.
'Standard practice'
The MPs had wrapped up the policy debate on the Supply Bill 2012 last week.
"The standard practice is for it to be presented before the Budget and before the policy debate,‖ said Liew.
"It doesn't matter if it one day, one week or a month before, but the standard practice is that (it must be tabled before the) policy debate.‖
The opposition has argued that its members require the data to debate the national budget more effectively.

Monday, 24 October 2011 23:40

Laporan Audit: Salahguna kuasa dan rasuah berterusan

Written by Viktor Wong, Malaysia Chronicle
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Di sebalik janji-janji perdana menteri dan presiden Umno Datuk Najib Razak untuk memerangi rasuah dan penyalahgunaan kuasa di dalam kerajaannya, melalui Program Transformasi Ekonomi dan sebagainya, jentera pentadbirannya masih dicacati pelbagai perbuatan yang dianggap menyalahi undang-undang, seperti penyalahgunaan kuasa, rasuah, penggelapan wang kerajaan dan sebagainya.
Ini dengan jelas telah menunjukkan bahawa Suruhanjaya Pencegah Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) tidak memainkan peranan mereka dengan aktif di dalam memerangi gejala ini yang kian berterusan bahkan bertambah, sama seperti mengikut keturunan.
Hampir pada setiap tahun, apabila laporan yang dikemukakan oleh Ketua Audit Negara, maka terdedahlah pelbagai perbuatan yang jelas menunjukkan bahawa penyalahgunaan kuasa dan rasuah amat meluas sekali di dalam sektor awam.
Namum demikian, kerajaan BN yang di bawah pimpinan Najib telah gagal menunjukkan ketegasan mereka di dalam memerangi perbuatan yang tidak bermoral ini. Ini adalah kerana, jelas kontraktor-kontraktor Umno yang mempunyai pelbagai kepentingan di dalam berbagai-bagai bentuk saluran pembekalan kepada kerajaan turut terlibat sama di dalam memperluaskan

perbuatan yang keji ini yang boleh juga dikatakan hampir pada setiap tahun, wang yang selalu kita bayar sebagai cukai pendapatan dihabiskan dengan begitu sahaja.
Oleh kerana itulah, para kontraktor-kontraktor dan pemimpin Umno menjadi semakin kaya raya, manakala masyarakat Melayu pada amnya terus hidup di dalam serba kemiskinan yang sungguh memeritkan bahkan masih ada banyak lagi orang-orang Melayu yang masih miskin melarat sehingga tidak mampu membeli makanan, masih buta huruf, tidak mempunyai kediaman, kebuluran dan sebagainya.
Jadi adakah Umno ini benar-benar memperjuangkan hak-hak masyarakat Melayu seperti yang didakwanya selama ini? Dan jika sekiranya Umno benar-benar memperjuangkan nasib bangsa tersebut, kenapa pula masih terdapat sebahagian besar kaum tersebut hidup menderita dengan keadaan yang tak terhingga?
Telan berjuta-juta Ringgit
Kita tengoklah laporan audit yang dikeluarkan baru-baru ini yang menyatakan bahawa Majlis Sukan Negara (MSN) telah membelanjakan lebih daripada RM5.66 juta untuk membeli 23 ekor kuda baka khas. Adalah difahamkan juga bahawa kuda-kuda berbaka yang dibeli oleh MSN itu kesemuanya telah dibayar melebihi harga pasaran.
Sementara dalam laporan audit yang seterusnya turut mendedahkan Jabatan Taman Laut Malaysia (JTLM) yang membelanjakan lebih daripada RM128,000, iaitu lebih 2,810 peratus di dalam pembelian pelbagai jenis peralatan kajian lautan yang langsungnya tidak membawa sebarang faedah kepada rakyat.

Selain daripada itu, Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) yang dipertanggungjawabkan untuk membela nasib orang-orang Melayu dan kaum bumiputra yang lain telah membelanjakan lebih daripada RM54 juta untuk membeli pelbagai peralatan dan peralatan yang kebanyakannya langsung tidak mempunyai kaitan dengan usaha-unsaha jabatan tersebut untuk membantu masyarakat Melayu yang miskin dan daif.
Dan jika kita meneliti laporan audit tersebut seterusnya, kita akan dapati lebih banyak jabatan-jabatan kerajaan yang asyik berbelanja besar ke atas pembelian dan perolehan barangan, peralatan dan bahan-bahan yang langsung tidak membawa sebarang faedah kepada rakyat jelata.
GLC lagi rugi teruk
Dalam pada itu, banyak syarikat-syarikat berkaitan kerajaan atau lebih dikenali sebagai GLC turut mengalami kerugian yang berterusan dan ianya berlaku pada setiap tahun.
Antara yang mencatat kerugian yang besar adalah Syarikat Perumahan Negara Bhd (RM21.4 juta), Indah Water Konsortium Bhd (RM33.4 juta), Aset Global Network Sdn Bhd (RM41.1 juta), Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (RM92.6 juta), manakala Prasarana Bhd (RM367.1 juta).
Kerugian yang berterusan oleh beberapa GLC yang besar ini telah menunjukkan bahawa kesemua syarikat-syarikat tersebut tidak belajar daripada kesilapan yang terdahulu dan tidak ada usaha yang menyeluruh daripada para pengurusan GLC ini untuk memperbetulkan keadaan yang semakin meruncing ini.

Hasilnya, wang rakyat dibazirkan dengan sewenang-wenangnya.
Rakyat akan terus diabai
Di dalam saat-saat yang memerlukan, kita tidak melihat SPRM bertindak tegas menyiasat kerugian yang dialami oleh banyak jabatan-jabatan kerajaan dan beberapa GLC ini.
Apa yang SPRM tahu, hanyalah membabitkan diri mereka di dalam kancah politik dengan hanya memerangi para pemimpin pembangkang dengan kononnya mereka ini telah melakukan ―rasuah‖. Yang benar-benar rasuah dan menyalahgunakan kuasa mereka di dalam kerajaan tidak pula diendahkan kerana mereka ini adalah ahli-ahli dan para pemimpin Umno.
Jadi, adakah SPRM ini benar-benar profesional atau sebaliknya?
Oleh yang demikian, selagi BN dan Umno masih berkuasa, selagi itulah wang rakyat akan terus dipertaruhkan seperti suatu perjudian dengan tidak mengendahkan kerugian dan kehilangan wang.
Adakah rakyat memperoleh apa-apa faedah, hasil daripada pertaruhan tersebut?

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