GEORGE TOWN: There is no report of corruption within the Education Department here in Penang.
Its director Shaari Osman said he was quite vigilant against such practice in the department.
“I always remind my officers to uphold integrity as we are educators and we should be a role model to others,” he said yesterday.
Shaari was speaking at the oath-taking ceremony to be free from corruption jointly organised by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Penang office at the state Education Department premises in Bukit Gambir.
Penang MACC director Datuk Abdul Aziz Aban said 22 government officials were among 45 arrests made to date for various corruption offences.
“We investigate every case diligently, even if it is a poison pen letter.
“Witnesses need not be afraid as they would be protected under the Witness Protection Programme.
“However, they must inform us directly to be in the programme if they have any information on corruption rather than go to their friends or to the media,” he added.
More than 100 staff members of the state Education Department took part in the ceremony.