Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) has launched its plan to curb corruption and cultivate integrity among its staff as they deliver services to the community.
MPKj president Najmuddin Jemain said the Organisational Anti-Corruption Plan (OACP) for the years 2022-2026 was integral in implementing anti-corruption policies and preventing abuse of power and irregularities at the council.
“The OACP was drafted with a vision towards producing high integrity and corruption-free Kajang municipal employees, with the mission of strengthening good governance, integrity and anti-corruption through compliance with laws, regulations and directives.
“This is based on four priority areas namely administration, human resources and customers, financial management and procurement, enforcement and law as well as development control,” he said at the launch held at MPKj headquarters in Jalan Cempaka Putih, Kajang, Selangor.
He explained that four strategies and objectives were outlined as well as 22 action plans that needed to be implemented to achieve the goals envisioned under OACP.
“The commitment and earnestness of each department and unit at MPKj in ensuring the transparency and effectiveness of the service will never fade, and will continue to be practised so our objectives can be achieved,” Najmuddin said.
He added that strengthening integrity had always been the main focus of top management to ensure that the council was known for its high level of transparency, and not for corruption, misappropriation or abuse of power.
"To ensure this is achieved, various efforts are being implemented in applying and strengthening the values of integrity through programmes organised by MPKj’s integrity unit, in collaboration with Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC),” he said.
“This plan will be drawn up in collaboration with MACC’s Selangor branch as a guide for MPKj employees so that every council function, delivery activity and programme is free from corrupt practices and misuse of power.
Najmuddin said corruption was a critical issue that had to be dealt with systematically and comprehensively because it could cause an increase in the total capital and development costs for any programme or project implemented.
“This results in a great loss to the country. “Corruption is not merely an offence but also a social and civilisational issue that affects Malaysia’s image in the eyes of the world. “Corruption and integrity should be seen in a broad context and not only focused on corrupt practices but also related to all responsibilities given to us,” he added.
Also present at the launch was Selangor MACC deputy director (prevention section) Ridzuan Abd Malik, Datuk Orang Kaya To’ Engku Maha Bijaya Ulu Langat To’ Engku Abdul Jalil Abdul Rani, MPKj deputy president Kamaruzaman Salimin, MPKj Intergrity Unit head Nur Asmalaila Amlan and Selangor state secretariat Integrity Unit chief assistant secretary Nur Sapran.