Solemn vow: Mukhriz (centre) accompanied by Kedah State Speaker Datuk Md Rozai Safian (left) taking the oath during the Corporate Integrity Pledge (CIP) signing witnessed by State Secretary Datuk Mohd Puat Mohd Ali at Wisma Darul Aman, Alor Setar in Kedah. - Photo by G.C.TAN
THE Kedah Government has signed a Corporate Integrity Pledge (CIP) in a bid to combat bribery in its administration.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir said after the signing ceremony that the state government was working towards a vision of ‘zero tolerance on bribery’.
To oversee the vision, the state government has set up a new department within its administration, the Integrity and Governance Management Department (Jitu).
Mukhriz said the department had come up with two major pointers to help clamp down on bribery.
“First is to speed up all approval processes from the highest level of administration in the state to the district level. If the process takes too long, then it will create a situation where bribery can take place,” he said.
“I have already ordered the officers from every level to find a solution to hasten the approval process so there is no room for bribery to happen on the grounds that an application takes too long to be approved.”
Mukhriz also called for the power of discretion to be reduced as much as possible.
“Any decision on the approval must be based on the results of the process. If all conditions and criteria are met, then it should be automatically approved,” he said.
“When the power of discretion comes into play, then it presents a room for bribery to take place.”