PUTRAJAYA: The civil service is on the right track to achieve the status of being free of corruption and abuse of power by 2020, said Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad (pix).
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner said aggressive enforcement by the MACC has helped ensure corruption and abuse of power would not become a culture among civil servants.
Apart from that, he said the Corruption Free Pledge (IBR) was another commitment shown by federal and state ministries, departments and agencies to carry out their duties with integrity.
"This year, the MACC is targeting all ministries, departments and agencies of the federal and state governments to sign the IBR before year end.
“With the commitment of all parties including ministers, the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa and ministry secretaries-general to combat corruption and abuse of power, I am confident the civil service will be corruption free by 2020,” he told reporters here.
Earlier, he attended the IBR signing ceremony of the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry at Wisma Sumber Asli here today in the presence of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.
IBR is a new initiative introduced by the MACC to stress on the oath and promise of individuals to uphold the responsibility against corruption and abuse of power when carrying out their duties.
As at Nov 7, 666 organisations had signed the IBR, including 22 ministries, 381 departments and 86 statutory bodies.
According to Dzulkifli, the NRE was among ministries which had the best performance in the aspect of least corruption issues and abuse of power, based on the studies and reports of the National Audit Department.
At the ceremony, Wan Junaidi also launched the NRE Corruption Risk Management Plan to strengthen good governance and to close the gap and opportunities for corruption and abuse of power in the ministry as well as departments and agencies under the NRE. - Bernama