Report highlights weaknesses in Terengganu’s mining sector

Source: The Star Online

Room for change: The 2014 Auditor-General’s Report (Third Series) has several recommendations to improve Terengganu’s mining industry.

Room for change: The 2014 Auditor-General’s Report (Third Series) has several recommendations to improve Terengganu’s mining industry.

KUALA TERENGGANU: Tereng­ganu’s mining sector has weak monitoring and ineffective enforcement, leading to procedures and regulations being violated.

This was stated in the 2014 Auditor-General’s Report (Third Series), which was released on Monday.

It pointed out several weaknesses in the state’s booming mining sector. Read more

2014 Auditor-General’s Report [Updated]

Source: The Sundaily

Auditor-General's Report 2014 - pic taken from The Star Online

Auditor-General’s Report 2014 – pic taken from The Star Online

THE Third Series of the 2014 Auditor-General’s Report was tabled in Parliament today. A total of 268 recommendations covering programme, construction, maintenance, acquisition, revenue management and company management were submitted.

Take action over problematic RM200.7m hospital upgrading project
PETALING JAYA: The Auditor General (AG) has recommended that action be taken against a contractor and relevant government officers who were in charge of the RM200.7 million Sultanah Nora Ismail Hospital upgrading project. Read more here

AG Report: Foreign Ministry spent RM14.17m to renovate empty buildings in US
PETALING JAYA: The Foreign Ministry spent RM14.17 million to renovate two empty buildings meant for Malaysian representatives in Washington DC, the Auditor General (AG) Report 2014 series 3 found. Read more here Read more

Government pays RM56.36m for improper cleaning services, says Audit Report

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Auditor-General's Report 2014 - pic taken from The Star Online

Auditor-General’s Report 2014 – pic taken from The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 — Improper payments of RM56.36 million were made to cleaning services concessionaires last year.

According to the Auditor-General’s Report 2014 Series Three, the payments included claims for services not covered in the concessionaires’ agreements with the government.

“The concessionaires for public cleaning services did not carry out the cleaning of drains, sumps and public markets properly and were paid for improper claims last year.

“Between September 2012 and December 2014, improper payments to the concessionaire reached RM116.72 million,” the report said. Read more

Hotels, chalets among illegal structures on hills, says Audit Report

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Auditor-General's Report 2014 - pic taken from The Star Online

Auditor-General’s Report 2014 – pic taken from The Star Online

GEORGE TOWN, Nov 23 — Several hotels and chalets in operation are among 11 illegal structures erected at hills located in the southwest district here, says the third series of the 2014 Auditor-General’s Report.

Also built on the 11 plots of land at the hills were houses and restaurants that are still in operation.

The 11 illegal structures which have no Certificate of Fitness (CF) has resulted in the Penang City Council (MBPP) unable to collect assessment tax from the owners of the premises, the report said.

According to the report, visits on June 17 and July 29, found that the construction of illegal structures in the hills involved chalets in Teluk Bahang and Sungai Ara, hotels in Teluk Kumbar, restaurants in Balik Pulau and houses in Balik Pulau and Teluk Pahang.

The restaurants which are still operating in Balik Pulau does not have any business licence, the report said. Read more

A-G: Although worst-hit, Kelantan, Terengganu not given priority in flood mitigation projects

Source: The Malay Mail Online

File picture shows an aerial view of houses and plantations being submerged in floodwaters in Pengkalan Chepa, near Kota Baru, Kelantan on December 28, 2014. — AFP pic

File picture shows an aerial view of houses and plantations being submerged in floodwaters in Pengkalan Chepa, near Kota Baru, Kelantan on December 28, 2014. — AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 — East coast states such as Kelantan and Terengganu were not given priority in the RM3.35 billion Flood Mitigation Projects (FMP) by the Department Of Irrigation and Drainage, said the latest Auditor-General’s (A-G) Report 2014.

The Third Series of the report released today also said that there were components of the FMP worth more than RM6 million that were not utilised optimally, while some were just not well-maintained.

“Some states particularly in the east coast such as Kelantan and Terengganu were among the states with the largest flood area and highest average losses caused by flood.

“However, they were not given priority in the implementation of FMP,” said the report. Read more

Auditor-General’s Report: More than a quarter of Sarawak schools have serious defects

Source: The Star Online

Auditor-General's Report 2014 - pic taken from The Star Online

Auditor-General’s Report 2014 – pic taken from The Star Online

KUCHING: More than a quarter of schools in Sarawak have “serious defects” that are “risky to use”, the latest Auditor-General report finds.

A whopping 388 schools out of 1,452 schools in Malaysia’s largest state were either deemed to have inferior quality of buildings or poor maintenance, said the third and final A-G report for this year.

The poor state of these schools was despite the A-G giving the thumbs up to on-going and completed repair and renovations projects.

The infrastructure of 124 schools “had serious defects that require immediate and urgent repair”. Read more

Audit report finds more than RM6 million in flood equipment not used

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Auditor-General's Report 2014 - pic taken from The Star Online

Auditor-General’s Report 2014 – pic taken from The Star Online

More than RM6 million worth of equipment in flood mitigation projects (FMP) in Kelantan and Sarawak was not used due to technical and installation problems, the Auditor-General’s Report has revealed.

These were among the weaknesses found in FMPs under the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP), the report added, despite saying the projects had generally benefitted flood-prone communities.

The FMPs carried out under 10MP (2010-2015) cost a total of RM3.35 billion in public funds. Read more

Ministries show decline in financial performance last year, says audit

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Auditor-General's Report 2014 - pic taken from The Star Online

Auditor-General’s Report 2014 – pic taken from The Star Online

The Third Series of the 2014 Auditor-General’s Report released today said there was an overall decline in the financial performance of ministries last year compared to previous years, with fewer ministries getting the excellent rating.

However, the report also said that federal departments showed an improvement in financial management.

More than half of 51 departments were rated excellent in 2014 compared to previous years.

“In 2014, only 20 ministries were rated as excellent as compared to 23 ministries in 2013 and 22 ministries in 2012,” said the final installment of the report. Read more