Reimagining public sector audit information (Slide show)

The story behind the development of the Auditor-General’s Report Information graph, my end-of-career project. 


Many people want to give something back to society at the end of their career. Rich folks may do philanthropic work through foundations and charities. Some take on difficult causes like fighting corruption, eradication of diseases, alleviation of poverty or addressing the other millennium development goals. Others become volunteers in various movements. We should laud these efforts as they address the gaps in the official programs.

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Reimagining public sector audit information

The story behind the development of the Auditor-General’s Report Information graph, my end-of-career project. 
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Many people want to give something back to society at the end of their career. Rich folks may do philanthropic work through foundations and charities. Some take on difficult causes like fighting corruption, eradication of diseases, alleviation of poverty or addressing the other millennium development goals. Others become volunteers in various movements. We should laud these efforts as they address the gaps in the official programs.

There are many professionals at the retirement age, who may not be wealthy, but have a wealth of knowledge and expertise accumulated over the years. It would be beneficial if they can put their know-how to good use in addressing societal problems. This was the situation I faced a few years ago and my decision to do an end-of-career project. Continue reading

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