ACCOUNTANT Noor Najwa Said has been appointed as the first certified Chief Integrity Officer (CeIO) at the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) to counter misconducts, criminal behaviour among civil servants and complaints of wrongdoings in the council lodged by residents.
As the city’s CeIO, Najwa is also tasked with encouraging council staff and councillors to appreciate, comprehend and conform with the duties entrusted under both the council’s and Selangor state’s code of ethics.
She serves as a liaison with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission at state level to put together education and training materials, give advice and guidance to council employees and councillors.
Petaling Jaya mayor Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain, who took up the post six months ago, is steadfast in facilitating the formation of MBPJ’s Integrity Unit to ensure a transparent administration with high ethical standards.
“Selangor Government’s Integrity Unit has approved the appointment of Najwa. At this moment she is still with the council’s Audit Department but she will be transferred out to lead the council’s Integrity Unit,” he told StarMetro.
He added that her appointment would take effect in January 2016, under the council’s Budget 2016.
Najwa, 33, has been with MBPJ for six years in the Audit Department Universiti Teknologi Mara graduate, she has been trained as a CeIO at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Academy.
She said she was proud to lead the Integrity Unit that would work with the council’s internal auditor.
CeIO gets the powers to act as a unit following the Federal Government Circular 2013, the MACC Act (Officers) 2009, Civil Servants Code of Ethics 1993 and agencies internal directives that call for a crackdown on corrupted practices.
“Civil servants working with MBPJ, on contract or permanent basis, must serve taxpayers with high ethical standards, integrity and be transparent in their duties. All these are essential components of an effective government.
“Making MBPJ as open and transparent as possible will be part of the initiatives and it is crucial to the workings of the council as it is service-oriented,” said Najwa.
Mohd Azizi said the formation of the council’s Integrity Unit sends a clear message about how business was carried out in MBPJ, with a high focus on accountability.
Najwa said the unit would have three assistants to conduct awareness programmes, handle internal and external complaints, verify information and investigations.
“Our team will craft out compulsory training for all employees. We will advise them on the risk impact matrix that covers conflict of interest regarding internal contracts, nepotism, favouritism, used of public property, false claims, criminal breach of trust, accepting gifts, entertainment and other unethical conduct,” she said.
Mohd Azizi said there was a strong sense of ownership in the people’s hearts to make Petaling Jaya a better city and it was important for the people to play a major role, Anti-corruption initiatives belong to the public, not just the government.
“Our unit encourages monitoring among civil society and allows them to report directly to the Integrity Unit,” he added.