STATEMENT: We Pakatan Harapan Youth Sarawak are lodging an official report to the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission Thursday to demand an immediate investigation into suspicious payments involving Sarawak Housing Development Corporation (HDC) as stated in the recently-published 2016 Auditor-General’s (AG) Report.
The Sarawak Housing Development Corporation (HDC) paid out RM2.88 million to two contractors for non-existent repainting jobs for 12 public housing units. In addition, there was also an advance payment of RM16.06 million for Package 1 and Package 2 of the Jalan Utama upgrading project in Sibu without authorisation, resulting in the government incurring interest charges of RM1.77 million.
That totals to RM18.96 million in unaccounted funds, and due to bad governance, the government has to spend an extra RM1.77 million of taxpayer’s money bringing it to about RM20.73 that should have been used for the benefit of the people in Sarawak.
The audit also found that payments amounting to RM33.40 million were made by HDC to suppliers without being verified by an authorised officer while six payment vouchers amounting to RM20.77 million were also not supported by Payment Certificates.
These findings point clearly to serious management issues and poor financial oversight. Serious questions have to be asked as to whether there was any misappropriation of funds or even leakages at the HDC.
The HDC has a mandate to provide affordable housing to the ordinary people, but it has been completely irresponsible with the state’s money and resources.
Imagine all this money being put to proper use for the good of the people. All the dilapidated schools can be repaired and upgraded, all the upgrades it can bring to the medical clinics especially in the rural areas as well as different types of aid that could be given to help people in need, especially to help them with the ever-increasing cost of living.
That is why are lodging the report to facilitate and make it easier for the MACC to open an investigation paper on the matter and that someone has to be held responsible for these mismanagements in the spirit of transparency and good governance.
We do hope that the MACC will thoroughly look into the matter and not allow the information revealed by the AG’s report be swept aside and do little or no action to address the problem or to hold the relevant persons accountable, as seen with many of the previous AG’s reports through the years.
On top of that, as important as our fight to regain back our rights as of MA63, it is important that we also focus on the other side of the coin which is good governance. Without transparency and good governance, all the different allocations will not be used and distributed responsibly to the intended target and at the end of the day, the people affected will be the people of Sarawak themselves.
- This Press Statement was issued by Pakatan Harapan Sarawak Youth