Saturday, September 20, 2008

RELA:- Making money seems to be the priority

Apart from the demanding the Malaysian government to immediately abolish RELA, we need also push for the development of clear standards and procedures concerning the arrest, detention and deportation.

These should be in line with the international standard of UN and human rights institution like Human rights commission ,if they have good one !

We have to also monitor why state like to declare crackdown against undocumented migrants. Has it got anything to do with security, or is it just pure business.

Transparency is an important aspect of good governance and it seems that it has far to go …

03-09-2008: AG’s Report: Rela vehicles bought without following financial rules

PETALING JAYA: The home ministry has bought 313 vehicles costing RM16.87 million for Rela, the voluntary security corps, but only a quarter of the mileage chalked up was for conducting operations to arrest illegal immigrants.

This was revealed in the Auditor-General’s (AG) 2007 Report, which was released last Friday. The vehicles were used for 52 of the 312 days that operations against illegal immigrant were held from 2004 to 2007. It had only chalked up 16,646 km or 25.9% in mileage for the operations from 64,258km.

“The auditors could not determine the accuracy of log books for mileage, usage of vehicles and fuel, especially in district Rela offices,” said the report.

Furthermore, the ministry has no special allocations for purchase of vehicles, but used the leftovers from the development allocations from 2004 to 2007, auditors found.

“The ministry should stop the practice of using leftover development allocations to purchase vehicles because it is not in accordance with financial rules in contract management,” said the report.

The ministry would have to prepare a special allocation for purchases like these so that there would be planning and proper execution, it said.

According to the report, Rela had only 68 vehicles until 2003. It had then proposed to acquire more vehicles from 2004 to 2006, following the government’s decision to engage Rela in operations to arrest illegal immigrants.

However, the audit check showed that Rela had only raised the matter generally without justifying the intended purchases by showing actual need and ensuring that the vehicles were suitable for their intended purpose. The report also found that Rela had decided at the headquarters level on the types of vehicles and the number of units without consultation with the states.

The report further said that the proposal should have been supported by schedules for the planning and execution of activities. It should also specify the types of cars with current market prices, road tax, insurance, sales commission and the prices of optional accessories.

The report found that the ministry’s chief secretary had applied to the Ministry of Finance to buy the vehicles through negotiation instead of open tender due to Rela’s urgent need.

“However, the appointment of the suppliers did not take into account the ability of the company to supply the vehicles. It was found that the company could not supply three of the vehicles at the agreed time because they were out of stock,” the report said.

It also revealed that four Toyota Fortuner SUVs and two Toyota Hilux pick-ups that were not in the proposal were supplied while 125 units of Kia Pregio vans were purchased instead of the 18 units planned.

The AG’s report also could not find the basis for the distribution of the vehicles and was of the opinion that Rela should have stated it in the written form so that there would be no disputes.

It also found that 49 vehicles from the headquarters and the Sabah branch were not used in the operations at all from 2004 to 2007.

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