Shah Alam City Council Staff Submits RM1,300 Overtime Claim For Photocopying Tasks

The claim didn't go through.

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Councillors of the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) were shocked when the mayor revealed that a staff member had submitted an overtime claim for tasks including photocopying

Shah Alam mayor Datuk Ahmad Zaharin Mohd Saad.

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According to The Star Online, the MBSA chief spoke about it during a council board meeting yesterday, 25 October.

The claim worth RM1,300 was for five hours of overtime chores, including photocopying, on a Sunday. 

Ahmad Zaharin said the council turned down the claim following an internal investigation on the matter

"I take these things very seriously, and I believe everyone should do the same because this involves the Rakyat’s money," he said as quoted by the English daily.

Ahmad Zaharin added that day-to-day operations should be completed within the overtime hours, and not at the "whim-and-fancy" of staff members.

The council had also come to an agreement that such requests would not be entertained without the approval from department heads.

The council will be taking stern action, including lodging of police reports, for similar cases in the future

Ahmad Zaharin told China Press that some staff members would come into work on an overtime basis, but they would use the hours to play computer games and surf the net. 

It was revealed that some 200 claims out of 500 for the month of September have also been held back for further scrutiny.

What do you think the council can do to curb these bogus claims? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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