Monday, October 14, 2013

Time for tough actions on culprits of wastage, leakage and abuses named in the Auditor General Report.

Speech by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat at the DAP Bercham Service Centre Opening Ceremony on October 13, 2013

Time for tough actions on culprits of wastage, leakage and abuses named in the Auditor General Report.

There are a few perennial issues and problems which never cease to cause much public concern and anger. 

The first being the JPA scholarship issue where each year there have been cries of unjust treatment of the nation’s brightest students.

The second being the unfair intake of students into local public universities. 

Every year there will be top scorers who cannot gain admissions into courses of their choice. This year, there are even some top students who are not offered any course. 

The third issue is the non transparent intake of students into the Matriculation college. 

The authorities’ usual explanation is that there are too many applicants and limited scholarships or places. But such explanations are not convincing as there have always been allegations that students with lesser grades have been successful in their applications. 

I wish to reiterate 2 positions which I have previously stated: 

1.      There must be total transparency in the award of government scholarship and the intake of students into local public universities and matriculation colleges.

2.      There must be a common university entrance examination for all applicants to local public universities.

The fourth issue which never fails to anger the public every year is the annual excesses revealed in the annual Auditor General Report. 

Every year we can read about excessive wastage, leakage and abuses, yet every year such occurrences are repeated. 

DAP Serdang MP Dr Ong Kian  Ming made a study and estimated that the government might have wasted around RM6.5 billion in the 64 cases studied under the 2012 audit report.

He noted that the RM6.5 billion that was wasted by the government was twice the amount of the funds the government could save by reducing the subsidy for petrol prices by 20 cents.

The federal government must be aware that Malaysians have had enough of such wastage, leakage either due to greed, abuse or sheer stupidity. 

The time has come for tough actions against all the culprits responsible. Tough disciplinary actions must be meted out and MACC must move in where necessary.

Pakatan Rakyat ruled state governments will do our part to ensure culprits are made responsible. As announced by Anwar Ibrahim, Pakatan Rakyat has formed a special committee to look into and act the recommendations highlighted in the 2012 Auditor-General's Report for all the three Opposition-ruled states.

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