Chong Zhemin and Tan Kar Hing (right) press conference on the PAC issues. – RONNIE CHIN/The Star

IPOH: Several Perak Public Accounts Committee (PAC) members are urging the state government to table the forensic audit report of the Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) during the assembly sitting that starts on Monday (July 18).

PAC committee member Chong Zhemin said the audit report on MAPS was completed in 2020, but it was yet to be tabled in the state assembly.

He said a committee meeting was held on July 11, and that he requested for the report to be tabled.

When Perak was under the leadership of Pakatan Rakyat in 2018, Chong was the Perak Corporation Berhad (PCB) audit committee chairman.

“However, the PAC chairman and most members said that the payment for the report is yet to be settled by PCB, thus it should not be tabled yet,” he told a press conference at the PAC’s meeting room at the state secretariat building here on Thursday (July 14).

Also present was another PAC member Tan Kar Hing, who is also the Simpang Pulai assemblyman.

Chong, who is also the Keranji assemblyman, said the issue of payment and the tabling of the report were two separate issues.

He said this should not be used as an excuse to further delay the report being tabled.

“PAC had initially paid RM200,000 for the audit report, while the balance of another RM200,000 should be paid by PCB, but due to some financial issues, the amount is yet to be settled.

“PAC has the report, and people need to know what really transpired in the project scandal,” he added.

Opened in 2017, the RM520mil theme park had been closed since January 2020.

In 2019, a special audit by PCB audit committee revealed that MAPS’ original cost of construction and development was stated at RM390mil when the actual cost stood at RM607mil.

In 2020, the state government tried looking for private investors to take over MAPS.

Source: The Star