PUTRAJAYA, April 9 – Action to be taken against ministries, agencies and departments cited for weaknesses by the Auditor General’s Report 2013 will be announced soon. Chief Secretary to the Government, Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa said a statement would be released soon, stating the number of officers involved. “Such cases of weaknesses have been reduced. I have told the secretaries-general and heads of departments to try and reduce them,” he said at a press conference, here Wednesday. Earlier, Ali officiated the soft launch of the Puspanita Women Health Screening Centre at Kompleks Puspanitapuri in Presint 10 and the ‘Wanita Sejahtera, Lelaki Perkasa’ annual seminar. On Monday, Auditor-General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang said the National Audit Department had made 109 recommendations in the Auditor General’s Report 2013 to plug weaknesses of ministries, departments and agencies.
The report suggested that secretaries-general, heads of department and the CEOs to conduct a review of each programme, project or activity. Ali said the suggestion was communicated to the secretaries-general of the ministries and urged them to give serious attention. On another note, he said the government would announce action to be taken following the abduction of two foreign women in Semporna, Sabah last week. Semporna comes under the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom). “It will be announced after the visit to ESSCom in the near future. ESSCom has several functions, including ensuring the security in eastern Sabah. On April 2, Chinese citizen Goa Hua Yuan,29, and Filipina resort worker Marcy Dayawan, 40, were abducted by seven gunmen at 10.30 pm from Singamata Adventures and Reef Resort in Semporna.