PERAK was the first state in the country to appoint a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officer in the Mentri Besar’s office and the officer has been working there for the last seven years now.
MACC chief commissioner Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad said it was Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir’s own initiative to apply for an officer from the commission to work hand-in-hand with the state government.
“This shows his commitment in ensuring that the state administration can be carried out swiftly without being bogged down by matters linked with corruption,” he said during the Corruption-Free Pledge With The MACC ceremony at the state secretariat building on Wednesday.
In making this announcement, Dr Zambry said the appointment of the MACC officer was not something that was publicised throughout the years.
“It is timely to say this now in tandem with the corruption-free pledge made by my office and my steadfast team of state executive councillors here.
“It is thanks to this collaboration we have with the MACC that we were able to nip certain corruption issues in the bud, such as certain quarters using the name of the Mentri Besar’s office for personal gains.
“There were also reports given to the MACC on specific issues, where necessary steps can be taken to ensure that the issues will be investigated properly,” he said.
Speaking on the pledging ceremony, Dr Zambry said it is one of the many steps the state has taken to ensure that state administrative affairs can proceed lawfully and free of corruption.
“By taking our vows, we are committed in fighting against corruption and we will not allow for the state administration to be damaged by immoral and illegal practices.
“We will also make sure that all state agencies and departments will follow our footsteps by doing the same thing. That is our anti-corruption commitment,” he said.
By securing good relations with the federal and state MACC, Dr Zambry said it would help the state resolve multiple issues relating to abuse of power and the misappropriation of allocation funds granted to any individual.
“I hope that our relationship will be further strengthened in the future for the sake of a smooth, transparent state administration,” he said.