KUALA LUMPUR: The Asean Supreme Audit Institutions (ASEANSAI) has been urged to propose strategic objectives and lines of action to Malaysia as the Chair of the High Level Task Force on Asean Community Post-2015
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said the strategic objectives and action lines should focus on areas such as transparency and accountability and the proposals can also be submitted through their respective national focal
“Malaysia will ensure that all constructive views and inputs from the stakeholders will be taken into account when building the Post-2015 Vision.
“We are currently working towards developing the Post-2015 Vision and the Attendant Documents of the Three Community Pillars for the period of 2015-2025, which will be submitted to our Leader for adoption at the 27th Asean Summit this November (in Malaysia),” he said in his special address at the ASEANSAI Assembly
Meeting here today.
He said the role played by the Supreme Audit Institutions in fostering governmental accountability and fulfilling public expectation had resulted in use of government resources in a more prudent and accountable manner.
“We hope that the role and capacity of ASEANSAI would be further enhanced under the Post-2015 Vision document of Asean,” he added.
Also present were Chairman of ASEANSAI, Matali Md Yusof, who is also Auditor-General of Indonesia and Auditor-General of Malaysia, Tan Sri Ambrin Buang.
Malaysia assumed the ASEAN chairmanship on Jan 1, taking over from Myanmar. Malaysia’s vision throughout the chairmanship – themed ‘Our People, Our Community, Our Vision’ – is the creation of a people-centred ASEAN involving all sectors of society in the grouping’s activities.
ASEAN (the Association of South East Asian Nations) groups Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Anifah said as the Chairman of ASEAN, Malaysia’s main role was to ensure that the Roadmap for ASEAN Community (2009-2015) is fully implemented and develop a Post-2015 Vision document to ensure ASEAN’s sustainable growth covering all elements of people’s well-being and livehood.
“During our Chairmanship, Malaysia also aims to steer ASEAN close to the people, consistent with the central and overarching theme that is to create a truly ‘People-centered ASEAN’.
“The ‘People-centered ASEAN’ would mean that ASEAN will be an even more powerful vehicle for realisation of our people’s aspirations – good governance, transparency, higher standard of living, sustainable development, further empowerment of women and greater opportunities for all,” he said.
He said Malaysia will also continue to uphold the ‘ASEAN Centrality’ role and in this context will ensure that ASEAN positions itself in the context of more competitive relations among major powers by maintaining unity, cohesiveness and upholding neutrality with a forward looking approach.
“We believe that the application of the ASEAN neutrality concept must be proactive, dynamic and based on ASEAN’s collective interest as the overriding principle,” he added.
ASEANSAI comprises ten ASEAN countries and is an autonomous, independent and non-political professional organisation which aims to build capacity, promote cooperation and understanding in the field of public sector auditing through exchange and sharing of experience.- BERNAMA