PAC demands re-audit of 4 incinerator projects

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(Nov 30): The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) wants the National Audit Department to re-audit four incinerator projects in Tioman Island, Pangkor Island, Cameron Highlands and Langkawi.

This is despite the bipartisan committee already tabling its report on incinerator management in November last year.

"This is because there has been no solution from the ministry and it is important from environment and tourism perspectives given that all these incinerators are located in popular tourist spots," PAC chief Datuk Hasan Arifin said in a statement today.

PAC had recommended that action be taken against those who handed out contracts worth RM188 million for the mini incinerators, which it later found did not run according to specifications.

The audit report had also previously singled out the handling of the incinerator projects, which were all handed to a company called XCNT Technology.

On Nov 17, however, Putrajaya said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission did not find any element of graft in the projects and declared the case closed.

The four individuals involved in awarding the contract named in the PAC report, which was released earlier this year, were the former secretary-general of the Local Government and Housing Ministry, then director-general of the National Solid Waste Management department, and two academics.

Despite the problems with the incinerators, XCNT still managed to obtain a three-year extension for it.

The main issue identified in the PAC report was the "lack of due diligence" in awarding the contracts. – The Malaysian Insider