An independent, third-party Audit into the MOE’s finances

By:

Fiqah Roslan

Affiliations:

The Tiada.Guru Campaign

Policy Code:

3f Education

Problem Statement:

The Ministry of Education consistently receives some of the highest budgets, easily expending nearly RM60 billion per year. What is extraordinarily shocking is that no independent, non-government audits have been performed at the MOE in years, if ever.

MACC has called the MOE a serious high-risk Ministry for corruption. And we have seen it again and again: the YTL scandal, the Sarawak solar scandal, the COVID-19 “free” laptop scandal, the Integrity Department scandal, the Integrity Department scandal part II, the overt politicization, the Sabah canteen contractors’ scandal, systemic school corruption in Sabah, and the MARA scandal (though under a separate Ministry).

Untold billions are possibly unaccounted, misused, and/or stolen.

MOE + MOHE combined budgets, as available:

2010: RM30b
2011: RM40b
2012: RM51b
2013: RM38b
2014: RM55b
2015: RM56b
2016: RM54b
2017: RM57b
2018: RM59b
2019: RM60b
2020: RM59b
2021: RM62b
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RM621 billion / RM0.62 RM trillion

Value(s) and Belief(s):

It is time for the highest-paid Ministry to open up its books so the world may see where our billions have gone.

Proposal of Solution:

The services of an external auditing firm with a reputation of integrity, transparency, and effectiveness should be hired to audit the nearly ⅔ trillion ringgit that has been pumped into the Ministry of Education over the past 11 years.

It must be given full subpoena authority and access to all Ministry documents, up to the power of raids.

It must be given access to both police and MACC (or, in the future, Public Ombudsman) investigative units.

It must be primarily staffed with forensic accountants and Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) with experience in education, Malaysia’s public service, computer forensics, and preparation for litigation (either civil or criminal).

The target areas should include economic damages (torts, breach of contract), contract fraud, money laundering and asset misappropriation, fabrication / falsifying of records, false suppliers, payroll fraud, data theft or misuse, reimbursement fraud, theft or misuse of services, assets, or privileges, procurement fraud, price fixing, secret tenders when open required, GST refund fraud, embezzlement / larceny, kickbacks, product substitution, shell company schemes, and/or other mechanisms to deceive the nation’s oversight agencies.

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