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Waytha: Sedic audit will clear misconceptions on disbursed funds

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Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P Waythamoorthy.

PUTRAJAYA: An audit on the Socio-Economic Development Unit for the Indian Community (Sedic) by the National Audit Department will clear suspicions and misconceptions as to how the funds are disbursed by the unit, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P Waythamoorthy said.

He said over the years, Sedic had been tasked with giving out grants and assistance to Indian NGOs to implement programmes for the community.

“Questions had been raised as to the effectiveness of programmes carried out by these organisations using government money,” he said in a statement today following a briefing by National Audit Department officials on the audit conducted on Sedic yesterday.

Waythamoorthy said the Sedic audit also involves three other agencies parked under the unit, namely the Special Implementation Task Force (SITF), Secretariat of Empowerment of Indian Entrepreneurs (SEED) and Action Plan for the Future of Tamil Schools in Malaysia (PTST).

“According to the previous administration, it appears that over RM2 billion had been disbursed through operating and development expenditures to implement programmes and projects for the Indian community,” he said….

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