Endless cases of fraud and corruption in the public sector

The Auditor-General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang’s keynote address at the Combating Procurement Fraud in the Public and Private Sectors Forum 2017 in Kuala Lumpur on January 24,  was headlined as  “Public procurement most vulnerable to corruption, says Auditor-General” by The Malaymail Online and “Ambrin: Losses in publicly funded projects due graft” by The Star. Reading the two articles, I think a more appropriate headline could be “Endless cases of fraud and corruption in the public sector.”  Despite multiple measures taken to prevent this, the situation seemed to have become more alarming.

The AG lauded the efforts of the MACC to open investigation on a few cases over the last few months that involved millions of ringgits. He recommended the “strengthening the role of internal auditors, across- the-board auditing of procurement in government departments and agencies, and having more focused training on procurement management.” Continue reading