Integrity unit to be set up in every local authority

Mohd Zaki (left) handing over the ‘local authorities fight corruptors’ pledge to Kahti at the state-level International Anti-Corruption Day in Kuching. Looking on are Dr Sim (second from left) and Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Integrity and Ombudsman) Datuk Talib Zulpilip (second from right).

KUCHING: The state Local Government and Housing Ministry plans to strengthen integrity programmes across all local authorities in Sarawak starting next year.

Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said integrity units would be set up in every local authority to coordinate integrity efforts.

He said the ministry would also engage with the local authorities to come up with an organisational anti-corruption plan (OACP) based on the ministry’s own five-year plan which was launched last month.

“The ministry has completed the OACP 2021-2025, under which there are six strategies, 10 objectives and 101 initiatives to be implemented, ” he said when launching the state-level International Anti-Corruption Day at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here.

Also present was Sarawak MACC director Mohd Zaki Hassan and the ministry’s permanent secretary Datuk Antonio Kahti Galis.

Dr Sim also said all newly-appointed councillors in Sarawak had received anti-corruption training and taken a corruption-free pledge.

“In January, during Integrity Day 2020, all the officers from my ministry and agencies also did a corruption-free pledge.

“I hope all officers from my ministry, especially those in local authorities, will uphold integrity, transparency and public accountability in exercising their duties and responsibilities in their respective workplaces, ” he said.

On the International Anti-Corruption Day theme “Recover with Integrity”, Dr Sim said it was appropriate as most countries and governments, including Sarawak, had invested heavily in the health sector while also implementing economic recovery stimulus packages in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said anti-corruption, transparency and accountability measures must be put in place to counter any leakages that would jeopardise these efforts.

“We must fight corruption in the same way we are combating the Covid-19 pandemic to enable us to recover with integrity, ” he said.

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