Awang Tengah said the Auditor General office has no expertise in accessing the state forest management system.

Awang Tengah said the Auditor General office has no expertise in accessing the state forest management system.

Sarawak government demands the Auditor General office to amend its annual report for purportedly tarnishing the state government good image.

The Auditor General (AG) said to have omitted comments made by Sarawak Forestry Department and other state government agencies in its recently released Auditor General Annual Report 2008.

“Because of this, the state government is asking the AG office to make corrections to the report, which if uncorrected could affect the good image of the state,” said Awang Tengah according to Borneo Post.

Awang Tengah Ali Hassan

Awang Tengah Ali Hassan

“They requested the department to make comments but in the final release of the Auditor General’s report, they simply set aside whatever comments we have made,” Awang Tengah Ali Hassan was quoted as saying.

Awang Tengah said Sarawak government has expressed their dissatisfaction over the report as it could adversely dented the state image internationally.

However, Sarawak Audit Director Khalid Khan Abdullah Khan insisted the report was done with proper consultation with the state government agencies including Forestry Department.

Khalid said the audit was done according to established auditing standard for quality assurance throughout the auditing process and reporting.