Whys is the Auditor General important? Well, he is the one who checks and make sure that the government is doing things properly - not misappropriating funds, not 'wasting' our money. And to ensure the independence of the Auditor General - it is not easy to remove the Auditor General, and his salary is secure. PM Najib cannot simply get rid of the Auditor General. To remove an Auditor General, is as difficult as removing a judge.
Now, the Auditor General reports back not to the Prime Minister or the Cabinet but to the people - i.e. the Parliament. Hence, all of us can see the reports - but that is why it is strange that the 1MDB Auditor General's report is hidden - an 'official secret"? Very very strange, in my opinion.
Now the PAC(Public Accounts Committee) is a committee of the Parliament - so it is odd why the report is kept secret from even Parliament but only made available to members of the PAC. Well, with the 1MDB, a lot of things are happening in a way it should not be happening, in my opinion.
I wonder, why keep the Auditor General's report on 1MDB secret?
One possibility was that it was done to protect the Prime Minister, Finance Minister, Cabinet and maybe even 1MDB and some others...
The other possibility maybe was to hide the 'incompetence' of the Auditor General -Did the Malaysian Auditor General do a 'bad job', and did not realize that money has been wrongly taken out of 1MDB? ...and the US investigators found out, and commence legal action claiming, amongst others, that USD3.5 million was 'misappropriated'...? Now, 1MDB was being audited by the Auditor General since 2012...and did the Auditor General not see these 'hanky panky' and/or misappropriation...? Why did the Auditor General ask the Prime Minister for permission to stamp the 1MDB report/s secret?
Ambrin added he was given the authority by the prime minister in 2012 to stamp the report as secret.
105 Auditor General. (1) There shall be an Auditor General, who shall be appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the advice of the Prime Minister and after consultation with the Conference of Rulers.
(2) A person who has held the office of Auditor General shall be eligible for re-appointment but shall not be eligible for any other appointment in the service of the Federation or for any appointment in the service of a State.
(3) The Auditor General may at any time resign his office but shall not be removed from office except on the like grounds and in the like manner as a judge of the Federal Court.
(4) Parliament shall by law provide for the remuneration of the Auditor General, and the remuneration so provided shall be charged on the Consolidated Fund.
(5) The remuneration and other terms of office (including pension rights) of the Auditor General shall not be altered to his disadvantage after his appointment.
(6) Subject to the provisions of this Article, the terms and conditions of service of the Auditor General shall be determined by federal law and, subject to the provisions of federal law, by the Yang di- Pertuan Agong.
106 Powers and duties of Auditor General.
(1) The accounts of the Federation and of the States shall be audited and reported on by the Auditor General.
(2) The Auditor General shall perform such other duties and exercise such powers in relation to the accounts of the Federation and of the States and to the accounts of other public authorities and of those bodies which are specified by order made by the Yang di- Pertuan Agong, as may be provided by federal law.
107 Reports of Auditor General.(1) The Auditor General shall submit his reports to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, who shall cause them to be laid before the House of Representatives.
(2) A copy of any such report relating to the accounts of a State, or to the accounts of any public authority exercising powers conferred by State law, shall be submitted to the Ruler or Yang di-Pertua Negeri of that State, who shall cause it to be laid before the Legislative Assembly.