PAC to table 4 reports in Dewan Rakyat next month

Public Accounts Committee chairman Mas Ermieyati Samsudin says the Dewan Rakyat speaker will visit the LCS construction site in Lumut on October 5 to see the progress of the project. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, September 21, 2023.

THE Progress Report on the Second Generation Patrol Ship Construction Project – the Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) are among the four reports that will be tabled at the third meeting of the Dewan Rakyat, scheduled to convene on October 9.

Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Mas Ermieyati Samsudin said the committee would table the progress report of the LCS project for the period of October 2022-May 2023.

She said the committee would also table a report on the Receipt and Payment Under Social Obligations of Concession Agreement for the National Padi and Rice Industry Management, Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, scheduled for October 11.

The PAC would also table the Covid-19 Outbreak Management Report: Expired Vaccines, Unusable and Surplus Personal Ventilator Equipment Protective Equipment and the report of the Minister of Finance (Incorporated) – Felcra Bhd on a date to be set later, she said in a statement today.

The third meeting of the Dewan Rakyat is from October 9-30.

Mas Ermieyati said the PAC would also conduct an official working visit with Dewan Rakyat Speaker Johari Abdul to the LCS construction site in Lumut, Perak, on October 5 to see the progress of the project.

“Accordingly, it is hoped that the speaker will consider allowing the PAC report on the LCS project progress to be debated in the Dewan Rakyat after the report is tabled,” she said.

Mas Ermieyati also said the PAC had completed the fourth proceeding for the Covid-19 Outbreak Management Report and was satisfied with the cooperation extended by witnesses, whose testimonies and explanations would be included in the report.

They were Ayer Hitam MP Wee Ka Siong, former Health Ministry secretary-general Dr Chen Chaw Min, Health Ministry division secretary (procurement and privatisation) Mohd Fauzee Abd Majid and former Pharmaniaga Bhd managing director Farshila Emran.

Mas Ermieyati, who is Masjid Tanah MP, said the PAC would continue the proceedings regarding the Felcra issue reported in the Auditor-General’s Report 2021 Series 2.

She said this included obtaining information and explanation from the former deputy secretary-general of Treasury (investment) Mohmad Isa Hussain and WZR Group, which was the contractor for Menara Semarak 20, owned by Felcra before finalising the report.

The PAC has also heard explanations regarding the issue from two former Felcra chairmen – Tajuddin Abdul Rahman and Bung Moktar Raden – on September 18, she said. – Bernama, September 21, 2023.

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