Selangor Journal

Role, direction of Yayasan Hijau Malaysia off target — Auditor-General’s Report

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 3 — The establishing of Yayasan Hijau Malaysia (YHM) has not met its objective of carrying out promotional, educational and awareness programmes to raise the application of green technology and imbibing a green lifestyle by the people.

The Auditor-General’s Report 2021, Series 1, states that YHM’s role in six of the nine programmes implemented was no longer focusing on promotional, educational and awareness efforts with regard to green technology and green lifestyle practices.

Its role and operational direction had been off target, hence, deviating from the objectives of YHM’s establishment, while the change in the ministry’s supervision of YHM’s management had affected the implementation of its programmes, according to the report issued today.

YHM’s output performance had been inefficient, achieving only 50 per cent of the Key Performance Index (KPI) target covering five of the six fund collection KPI targets and four of the operational expenditure (OPEX) targets.

The fund collection KPI could not be achieved as the programmes could not be implemented due to the movement control order (PKP) enforced by the government from early 2020 following the Covid-19 outbreak.

The OPEX target was not met due to inefficient management of the operational expenditure, thus not achieving the targeted KPI set, especially in maintaining the minimum operational reserve ratio at the stable rate of 0.60 with an excess collection of RM7.11 million.

The excess in the collection was an increase of RM4.54 million in the 2019 financial year, RM6.45 in 2020 and RM7.11 million in 2021, according to the report.

Hence, the audit report suggested that YHM set the overall output target that could be measured so that the programme implementation would have a clear direction, while the programme outcome needed to be evaluated to determine the impact and effectiveness of the programme in fulfilling the objectives of YHM.

It was also suggested that YHM ensure that the programme implemented was in line with its constitution and to increase its fund collection, especially from contributions by the private sector to finance its programmes and without depending mainly on government grants.

It was also proposed that YHM open its corporate membership to the private sector in order to raise income and provide expertise.

YHM was also urged to immediately settle its payment arrears to the programme operators involved to avoid any legal action, according to the audit report.

— Bernama

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