PAC to call Tajuddin, Bung over Felcra probe

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Two former Felcra Bhd chairpersons Tajuddin Abdul Rahman and Bung Moktar Radin will be called to the proceedings of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Monday (Sept 18).

PAC chairperson Mas Ermieyati Samsudin said Tajuddin and Bung were called to clarify and explain Felcra issues raised in the Auditor-General’s Report 2021 Series 2: Management of Federal Government Companies.

“PAC also conducted three proceedings on Felcra Bhd on June 27, 2023, July 6, 2023, and Aug 23 2023,” she said.

She was speaking at a media conference in Parliament today after chairing the proceedings on Covid-19 Outbreak Management: Disposal of expired vaccines, faulty ventilators, and excess personal protective equipment (PPE).

The third proceedings today involving those issues heard statements of Health Ministry deputy secretary-general (finance) Norazman Ayob, Pharmaniaga chairperson Izaddeen Daud, and Pharmaniaga director Ahmad Shahredzuan Mohd Shariff.

Mas Ermieyati made the comments after hearing witness statements in today’s proceedings by former transport minister Wee Ka Siong while former Health Ministry secretary-general Chen Chaw Min will be called next Thursday (Sept 21).

“PAC needs a statement and explanation from Wee since his name was mentioned in the previous proceedings and to be fair to him, PAC will listen to his explanation,” she said adding that summons to these witnesses will be issued today.

In addition, Mas Ermieyati said two reports on the progress of the Second Generation Patrol Vessel Littoral Combatant Ship (LCS) and a report on the rice industry management concession are expected to be presented in the first week of the third meeting of this Parliament session.

She said the progress report on the Second Generation Patrol Ship Construction Project – LCS for the Royal Malaysian Navy for the period from October 2022 to May 2023; and the Report on Receipt and Payment of Beras Negara and Rice Industry Management Concession Agreement has been finalised by PAC so far.

“The 15th parliamentary PAC will be briefed every three months by the Defence Ministry regarding the progress of the LCS ships.

“Accordingly, PAC will call the Defence Ministry on Oct 3 to seek an explanation regarding the progress of the LCS construction project for June until August 2023,” she said.

Meanwhile, Mas Ermieyati said the committee also asked the government to speed up the process of declassifying the report of the governance, procurement, and finance investigation committee (JKSTUPKK) regarding the Land Exchange Project under the Defence Ministry.

“After the JKSTUPKK Land Transfer report is declassified, the PAC will start proceedings regarding this issue to enable the people to know the truth,” she said, adding that the JKSTUPKK presented the report to the PAC of the 14th Parliament on April 2, 2019, and Nov 16, 2020.

Mas Ermieyati said the committee also agreed to start proceedings on the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) which is expected to start in the second week, the third meeting of this Parliament session.