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All must stay graft-free


IPOH: The Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Commission is extending its long arm of the law from the federal to the local council level, even reaching that of residents’ associations.

Its deputy chief commissioner (prevention) Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said it aimed to weed out corruption right down to the grassroots level.

One of the ways to do just that was by getting resident associations to sign integrity pledges as well.

“Our focus for next year will be on this. This matter is being discussed with the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government,” he told reporters after witnessing the signing of integrity pledges by 87 local councillors here yesterday.

Mustafar said such pledges could create a strong motivation and commitment in a person to avoid graft.

Meanwhile, Lim Garden Resi­dents’ Committee secretary K. Sagadevan feels that most members of residents’ associations would be more than willing to heed the call of the MACC to sign integrity pledges as it weeds out graft.

“Why not if it is for the good of the community?

“I am sure all Malaysians who want our country to be free from corruption will welcome it,” he said, agreeing that a person would be committed to avoiding graft if he or she had made a vow against it.

Ipoh City Council Zone 7 Residents’ Representative Committee chairman Azmi Mohd Yusof said it was an extremely good suggestion to have members of resident associations take up the integrity pledge.

“I feel the move can actually lessen corruption in the country or at the very least, create greater awareness among the community,” he said.

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