KENINGAU: The financial reports of this state is so far the best, said chairman of the Sabah Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Datuk Haji Ahmad Haji Bujang here.
He said the financial reports of the state had been certified clean for 15 consecutive years.
“This is a very good achievement,” he told reporters after chairing a PAC state committee meeting at the District Council conference room here, on Tuesday.
He said this was based on reports done in series 1, 2 and 3 as well as financial statements.
“State PAC committee members have conducted series 1/2016 meetings in Keningau, away from the busy city, besides PAC’s working visit.
“We also visit places that we need to see in connection with the development of this state. Our meetings conducted from March 21 ended yesterday, with a visit to discuss the Auditor General’s report in 2014 that had already been done,” he said.
Ahmad said in 2014, a total of 24 departments and government agencies had been awarded four stars by the National Audit Department.
He also said the committee meeting was to discuss the report issued by the Auditor General and the committee had summoned several government agencies that were reported to have problems.
“We called them to give evidence and also what steps they would take to solve the problems that had been included in the report of the National Audit Department Sabah branch.
“Having heard the explanations from them, we gave them advice on how to overcome the problems they face.
“We felt the meeting between the government agencies and PAC state committee was very important. We listened to their problems and we also tried to help solve their problems,” he said.
Ahmad said the problems faced by a number of government departments and agencies were serious.
In conjunction with the series 1/2016 meeting , the committee also made a PAC working visit to the Evergreen Livestock Sdn Bhd farms in Keningau and Tenom, yesterday.
The PAC committee members present at the meeting were Datuk Rubin Balang, Datuk Au Kam Wah, Charles O Pang Su Pin, Finance Ministry deputy permanent secretary Datuk Peter SM Thien, audit director Zaaba Zainuddin, deputy state treasurer A. Shaifuddin Abidin, state assembly secretary Datuk Bernard J. Dalinting and chief assistant director of audit Ramlee Haji Kariah.