KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Dr Sulaiman Mahbob, who retired on Saturday as the secretary-general of the Domestic Trade and Affairs Ministry, has been appointed the president of the newly formed National Integrity Institute.
Dr Sulaiman revealed his new appointment at the farewell ceremony thrown for him by the ministry's staff.
The institute is part of the National Integrity Plan drawn up by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to fight corruption as well as to enhance the nations overall integrity and international standing.
The appointment is fitting, as Dr Sulaiman, a leading local economist, was one of the team members who drew up Malaysia's plan of action in the face of the Asian financial crisis in 1997.
At Saturday's farewell function, Dr Sulaiman spoke for 30 minutes reminding the staff that being in the public service meant that many public servants were nameless and faceless but that everyone was part of the chain that makes up the government service.
Speaking to reporters later, he hoped that the Government embraced the concept of the fair trade policy as there were trade practices that were unfair.
Fair trade policy and fair trade laws make up a constitution of businesses to business relations. These practices will ensure Malaysia is seen to be attractive and competitive in the global marketplace, he said.
Dr Sulaiman also voiced his concerns over piracy and the damage it did to businesses.
I hope that businesses and consumers respect copyright laws. I hope that eventually there may come a day when intellectual property can become intellectual assets which will in turn become economic assets, he added.
When asked what his most memorable and cherished moment was when he was in service with the Domestic Trade and Affairs Ministry, Dr Sulaiman said: I cherish everyday in the ministry.
He finally did come up with a most cherished moment and that was when the price control on CDs was abolished, as Dr Sulaiman believes that a set price cannot be placed on great artistes like the late Tan Sri P. Ramlee.