Nine ministries overspent RM3.73b, says government audit
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 — Nine ministries and government departments overspent last year’s overall operational allocation by a total of RM3.73 billion, according to the Auditor-General’s Report released today.
The ministries 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 in several ministries 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 was unspent.