Auditor General’s Report: Millions Missing

This is an exclusive from The Online Citizen:

The original Auditor General Office’s (AGO) audit of 12 Ministries and associated statutory boards has revealed irregularities to an extent not fully revealed by the recent Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

According to the AGO, losses of public monies added up to $6.2 million, a substantial amount of which is still unaccounted for.

The Auditor General’s preface to the report states that ‘This audit approach is not intended to reveal all errors and irregularities.’

In the report, the Ministry of Law lost a potential $77,666.64 safety deposit because its computer system could only register sums to the nearest dollar. It appears under the header ‘No $77,666.64 security deposit because of 36 cents’.

The report details how these millions were lost in a detailed account of mistakes and dubious practices.

Read the entire report on The Online Citizen.

Author: Gerald Giam

Gerald Giam is the Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC. He is a member of the Workers' Party of Singapore. The opinions expressed on this page are his alone.

2 thoughts on “Auditor General’s Report: Millions Missing”

  1. welcome back, Gerald.

    this story is making its rounds on blogosphere but how much is it covered on mainstream press?

    I wont be too critical about this story – people make mistakes. sometimes people overlook these things to get things going. it happens as much in the private sector.

    We should give room to people making mistakes – otherwise, no one will want to take ownership of anything, and the “cover backside” mentality will continue in our society – which is a WORSE problem to have.

    ALL I ASK – is the transparency, the taking up of responsibility, and the follow up actions that will be taken to prevent these things from happening again.

    When you try to “taichi” it, or complete silence, thats where we say you’re hiding something.


  2. Good to see u back, aygee.

    I agree with you. Civil service must adopt an attitude of acknowledge mistakes, learn from them, but don’t “condemn” officers for making honest mistakes. However the grace ends where officers make “dishonest” mistakes like corruption or trying to cover up for previous mistakes.

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