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Authorities reject claims of bias in M'sian state audits
Publication Date : 02-10-2012
The accounts of Malaysia's state governments led by the ruling Barisan Nasional as well as oppposition Pakatan Rakyat were scrutinised in equal measure in the Auditor-General's Report, Auditor-General Ambrin Buang said yesterday.
Ambrin assured that the report, which will be tabled in the parliament two weeks after the recent tabling of the 2013 budget, was also impartial on spending by the federal government.
“I wish to clarify that we audit all the state governments irrespective of whether they are (governed by party) "A" or "B",” Ambrin told reporters after the opening of the 1Malaysia Audit Day and the annual public sector auditors' conference in Kuantan yesterday.
Responding to the Opposition leaders who have questioned the delay in the release of the report, Ambrin said it was to allow enough time to debate the 2013 budget as explained by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nazri Aziz.
Democratic Action Party (DAP) adviser and Ipoh Timur MP Lim Kit Siang in his blog demanded that the report be tabled without delay.
He also questioned whether Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and Nazri were afraid that the audit would contain “explosive exposes”.
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was also reported to have said that he was seeking Nazri's permission for Penang to make public the auditor-general's report on the state.
Pahang Mentri Besar Adnan Yaakob, who launched the event, defended the auditor-general, adding that the question of bias did not arise.
“If the government wants to cover up, then there will be nothing at all. It will be just like a dictatorial system where the auditor-general will be told not to highlight this and that,” said Adnan.