KUALA LUMPUR, FEB 10 – The government takes audit findings and suggestions seriously and values their opinions. In his keynote address at the 13th assembly of the Asian Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (ASOSAI), Najib said the government is open and also values the input from auditors in policy reviews and the evaluation of government projects. “We take our responsibilities seriously to act on the findings presented to us and to take corrective measures when necessary,” he said.
Najib noted that in Malaysia, auditors have played a considerable role in initiatives to strengthen governance and integrity in public service. Najib said the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI) Malaysia is involved in auditing large scale government projects such as the Mass Rapid Transit project, the High Speed Rail line connecting Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and the huge Integrated Petroleum and Gas project in Johor.
“SAI Malaysia’s participation alongside the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission will assure the public that these projects will be efficiently and effectively implemented,” he said. The event was also attended by Auditor General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang. ASOSAI was established in 1979 and is one of the regional groups of the international organisation of supreme audit institutions (INTOSAI). From 11 members its membership has now grown to 46 member countries including Malaysia. Its objectives include to serve as a centre of information and regional link with institutions in various parts of the world in the field of public audit.