JOHOR BARU: Politicians will need to "walk the talk" and be good role models so that people will have a better perception about them.
Transparency International-Malaysia president Datuk Akhbar Satar said that it was pointless for politicians, whether from the ruling government or opposition, to talk about integrity among the civil service or government servants without looking at themselves first.
"They will need to be the role models for others to emulate.
"This year the Malaysian Corruption Barometer (MCB) will be done in the
coming weeks and let’s see how people perceive politicians this year," he said, adding that last year politicians were ranked top, followed by policemen and government servants out of the 2,000 respondents nationwide.
He added that more efforts needed to be done if the government wanted to improve the country’s ranking from No 50 on the corruption perception index to 30.
Akhbar was speaking to reporters after attending an integrity forum organised by the Fire and Rescue Department here several days ago.
He commended the department for organising talks not just for its personnel but also for other civil servants to come and participate.
"This is a good way for agencies to pool their resources and encourage discussion on integrity among its personnel," he said, adding that it was also good that the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) and the National Integrity Department also participated in the forum.
Akhbar hoped that more such events would be held in future.
Meanwhile, Fire and Rescue Department director-general Datuk Wan Mohd Nor Ibrahim in his speech at the forum said that the department wanted all its personnel to always practice a high level of integrity.
"We have so far organised three such forums nationwide and hope to have three more by the end of the year," he said, adding that the previous forums were held in Sabah and Penang.
He added that the forum in Johor was attended by 355 participants including 163 from personnel from 30 other agencies.
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