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PEMANDU said REFSA was “overtly focused on criticisms”. REFSA’s latest focus paper summarise three of their recommendations, as well as the positive results from their ‘nit-picking’.


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‘Old broken records’ can be aggravating, especially so when the tune is not to one’s liking . PEMANDU has accused REFSA of being repetitious  and brushed aside our analysis of the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) as “nit-picking” and “overtly focused on criticism”.

This conveniently shifts the focus while PEMANDU ignores our very pertinent questions on numbers that do not add up, blatant lies and questionable Entry Point Projects (EPPs) that involve hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ ringgits. This powerful government unit also seems to have failed to detect the many recommendations that we put forth throughout our series.

For the ease of PEMANDU’s reference, we summarise three of our recommendations, as well as the positive outcomes of our ‘nit-picking’. Has REFSA been constructive? Read Dissecting the ETP Annual Report Part 6 to judge for yourself.

Click here for an archive of our Focus Papers

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