The Auditor General reports stated that 20 people in two districts who had passed away are still receiving monthly cash welfare assistance from the State Welfare Services Department. Out of the 125 recipients in the district of Kota Belud, 13 were found to have died. Seven of the 57 in Keningau had passed away.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Haji Yahya Hussin said a thorough investigation would be conducted by the Community Development and Consumer Affairs Ministry. There are some 14,971 recipients of the cash allowance throughout the State.
Just a tip of the iceberg. I am optimistic that if the AG reports had also been carried out in all the districts, the figures would be greater. It is impossible that officers entrusted to manage the assistance not to know or aware of this matter. There must be `prawn at the other side of the stone' (ada udang disebalik batu).