KUALA LUMPUR, March 13, 2015:

The National Audit Department must conduct a comprehensive audit on the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) procurements including by its three branches.

This was to prevent power abuse, wastage, embezzlement and corruption in view of the recent arrests of navy officers by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), said Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed.

“The National Audit Department must conduct the audit to ensure that the security forces will continue to be respected by the people.

“The arrest of several naval officers by MACC accused of committing corruption is very serious if it has been ongoing for years as reported,” he said in statement today.

Nur Jazlan said the MACC arrests proved that there were weaknesses in the procurement process of the Armed Forces.

He said there was a critical need for an urgent comprehensive audit to initiate improvements that could be taken to prevent the same problems from happening.

He revealed that PAC had called up the Malaysian Royal Air Force (TUDM) several years ago regarding the purchase of Eurocopter helicopters.

“However, TUDM was unable to reveal many details as they involved sensitive matters and secrets that touched on national security.

“The Armed Forces needs to be more transparent in asset and equipment procurements as it is using public money.

“It is not good to give excuses saying the procurement process cannot be divulged due to national security, especially when embezzlement and corruption are allegedly happening among its officers.”

Nur Jazlan added he would write to Auditor-General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang soon so that the department could conduct an audit immediately on procurements by the Armed Forces and its three branches.

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