KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 13 — Tan Sri Ambrin Buang, who late recently after portion for 11 years as a Auditor General (A-G), has voiced a wish for larger liberty to be accorded to a National Audit Department (NAD).
He pronounced a powers of a NAD should be extended in terms of larger leisure from outmost controls and liberty in terms of supervision of tellurian resources and budget.
In an talk with Bernama, Ambrin, who late on Feb 22, pronounced this was critical to lift a standing of a NAD to a world-class inhabitant review establishment and to be on standard with those of grown countries.
Following is a twin of a interview:
Question: It can be seen that a Auditor General’s Report has severely helped a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to lift out serve investigations and take cases to justice in a bid to fight leakages in a financial supervision of a country.
For example, a box involving a comparison officer of a Sabah Water Department. That was unclosed following a small review review into a supervision group and ministry.
What does a NAD need to control some-more extensive investigations?
Ambrin: Due to apparatus constraints such as singular crew and budget, it is formidable for a NAD to make consummate audits any year as it involves each dialect and group during federal, state and inner levels.
In terms of financial management, many departments and agencies are audited each 3 years to establish their burden index, that is deliberate a sufficient duration to guard a improvements they have to make.
In terms of opening review of a supervision departments and agencies’ activities, a series of studies will be conducted in suitability with a annual review devise of a NAD.
In addition, a dialect also conducts special audits on a requests of certain bodies, such as a MACC, a Economic Planning Unit (EPU) and a Finance Ministry.
Question: Nowadays, roughly each week, a MACC creates arrests and exposes regarding to corruption. People seem to be confident with a movement taken, that shows a MACC earnest in fighting crime.
Is it mandatory for a NAD to emanate a news each week instead of thrice a year as practised now? Which means, a NAD creates weekly disclosures on financial mismanagement by a ministries and agencies.
Ambrin: The auditing routine and review news credentials have to be consummate and take time.
For example, 4 to 5 months are mandatory for a opening review before a news can be prepared and it can customarily be finalised after holding exit conferences with a auditee, along with a MACC and executive group representatives.
Therefore, it is formidable for a NAD to benefaction review reports some-more frequently than a stream use deliberation a department’s capability in terms of tellurian resources and budget.
Question: It is seen that a NAD will customarily control an review customarily after problems and waste arise. Can’t a NAD take pre-emptive movement before problems and waste occur?
Ambrin: Taking into comment NAD’s singular capabilities to review a departments and agencies all during once, it is formidable for a NAD to take pre-emptive action. However, if we are given information or tips, a NAD will be means to control an investigation.
But a shortcoming of holding pre-emptive movement rests with a heads of departments and agencies who are a officers in control.
They can make use of accessible mechanisms such as a inner audit, financial and accounts supervision committees and review cabinet to safeguard that these mechanisms are unequivocally effective and take visual and punitive movement accordingly.
Question: From your observation, Tan Sri, to what border have a ministries and agencies taken visual movement following a remarks done in a Auditor General’s Report?
Ambrin: Over a past few years, a supervision has done it mandatory for heads of supervision departments and agencies to take a visual movement and they are invariably monitored by a NAD and being reported to a open by a AG’s Dashboard System that can be accessed during any time.
Question: What would you, Tan Sri, wish a National Audit Department to be, for example, in 10 years’ time?
Ambrin: The NAD is able of apropos a world-class inhabitant review establishment on standard with those of grown countries if it is giveaway from controls and a unconstrained rights are enhanced, generally in a supervision of tellurian resources and budget.
This will need an amendment to a Federal Constitution.
Question: In a 11 years as a Auditor General, what are your memorable experiences?
Ambrin: Among a incidents were a high-profile cases such as a audits on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) and National Feedlot Corporation (NFC).
Apart from that, implementing a burden index complement for open zone financial management, combining inner review units, substantiating the Asean Supreme Audit Institutions (AseanSAI), being allocated as authority of a Asian Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (ASOSAI) and chairing a Auditor General’s Report Follow-up Committee.
I am really beholden to a Malaysian Government for ancillary initiatives to strengthen a purpose of a National Audit Department in improving open use potency and efficacy in handling financial and inhabitant development.
Question: What are your retirement plans?
Ambrin: Right now, my devise is to write a book on my experiences. — Bernama