No reason why auditor-general’s report still cloaked in secrecy

No reason why auditor-general’s report still cloaked in secrecy

The classification of the auditor-general’s report on 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) under the Official Secrets Act 1972 (OSA) has raised suspicions something is not right with its findings.

“This cloak of secrecy around the auditor-general’s report presents a new set of suspicions over the real workings and machinations of 1MDB,” Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) director Cynthia Gabriel told Malaysiakini.

“(Now) it looks like there is really something to hide.”

Cynthia was commenting on the auditor-general’s report which is still classified under the OSA despite Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chief Hasan Arifin who had, in March, said that the report would be declassified once PAC’s own report on 1MDB is tabled in Parliament.

PAC’s report on 1MDB was tabled in Parliament last Thursday, which was the last day of the parliamentary session.

Cynthia, meanwhile, stressed that the auditor-general’s report should not have been classified in the first place because it had breached the “normal pattern”.

The auditor-general, she pointed out, normally presents his findings to Parliament which will then be debated by lawmakers.

“There is no understandable reason why it should be classified as an official secret. It is only through the auditor-general’s findings that the public can have an opinion on what actually transpired,” she said.

Urging for the report to be declassified immediately, Cynthia also wants to know whether the auditor-general had received instructions to classify the report or otherwise.

“This is because normally his reports are never classified under the OSA, so why make an exception with the 1MDB report?”

Although the PAC had tabled its report, Cynthia said the auditor-general’s report was different.

“Even the PAC depends on the auditor-general for his own findings in order to make their informed opinion. It’s imperative that Parliament must (also) have access to the auditor-general’s report,” she said.

No reason why auditor-general’s report still cloaked in secrecy
16 April 2016 – malaysiakini


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