Group: Proposed ethics institute should be independent

  • Nation
  • Friday, 07 Nov 2003

PETALING JAYA: The proposed Institute of Public Ethics to be set up by the Government to ensure good governance should operate as an independent body and be staffed with academicians and leaders of civil society organisations and non-partisan NGOs. 

Transparency International (TI) Malaysia president Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim said the Government should focus on three areas to curb corruption, namely public ethics education, the setting up of an anti-corruption advisory group and public accountability of the wealth of ministers and senior officials.  

He said the most convincing move to show that the Government was serious about fighting graft would be to require all ministers, deputy ministers, senior officials and their spouses and children to publicly declare their assets. 

“The declaration should be made to an independent all-party parliamentary committee,” he said. 

Tunku Abdul Aziz was responding to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s directive to government departments to cut red tape and strengthen the civil service to fight corruption and deliver quality service to the people. 

DAP national chairman Lim Kit Siang also highlighted the need for asset declaration, adding Cabinet ministers could play the role of “exemplars  

of public integrity” by doing so. 

Social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye suggested that the Government revamp the Public Complaint Bureau and set up an Ombudsman system. 

Cuepacs secretary general Datuk Abd Rahman Manan said the Government should consider having representatives from the union and other workers’ unions in the task force to study ways to reduce red tape and corruption.  

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