Projects above RM500mil must now involve AG, MACC
Published on: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
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Putra Jaya: The government has agreed that all projects worth RM500 million and more should involve the Auditor-General (A-G) and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Ali Hamsa said the Prime Minister, the A-G and MACC have agreed to the suggestion which was aimed at curbing abuses and corruption.

"They have given their okay (on this matter). Similar practice (getting the involvement of MACC and the A-G) has been applied in the past for mega projects.

"Now, we will proceed from mega projects to government projects worth RM500 million and above," he said.

Last Thursday, Ali reportedly said that the A-G and MACC's senior officer could be included as exco members in the meetings for certain government projects, adding that the involvement of both these agencies were necessary as a proactive measure to avoid abuses in the public sector.

Ali was met today at Association of Wives of Civil Servants and Women Civil Servants (Puspanita)'s annual religious conference. Also present was Ali's wife Puan Sri Rohani Abdullah, who is also Puspanita president.

Earlier, he presented RM130,000 of Puspanita's welfare contribution to 41 old folks activity centres located nationwide, five secondary and four primary schools that had special education classes in the administrative capital and to students of Puspanita's Special Needs Children Al-Quran classes.

On the Congress of Unions Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs)'s call to consider a posthumous promotion to Customs officer Anisah Ali who was killed while on duty in a road accident in Kelantan last week, the chief secretary said due processes to proceed with the move had commenced.

"We will promote her posthumously from what have been suggested (by Cuepacs) from Grade 22 to Grade 26," said Ali.

Anisah, 54, and two other Customs officers were chasing two vans at 1.25am on Friday when a 4WD rammed into their vehicle from behind, causing it to crash into a tree in Kampung Banggol Chicha near Pasir Mas.

Anisah suffered from internal bleeding and was in semi-comatose state. She died the next day.

On Malayan Trades Union Congress' proposal to reduce working hours to six hours daily from existing eight hours, Ali said no move would be made to cut down on the working hours for civil servants.

Cuepacs was also reported to be against the idea, stating the proposal to reduce the working hours was impractical and might create unprecedented issues including a reduction in income and pension.


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