PUTRAJAYA: The government has launched a five-year National Anti-Corruption Plan (NACP) with the aim of making Malaysia a corrupt-free nation by 2023.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the plan was not meant to punish wrongdoings of the past, but to prevent corruption from happening in the future.
“If some say that today's government is too engrossed in the problems brought about by the past government, the NACP is (meant) to address the future.
“Those who have to face this plan are members of the current administration and those who will serve in the future.
“We hope the NACP, over the next five years, will be able to curb the culture of corruption in the country.
“We are aware this is not something that could be easily achieved, but we have to start by placing policies as foundation to form a culture and system that is based on good governance and integrity,” said Dr Mahathir, at the launch of the plan at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) here on Tuesday (jan 29).
The implementation of the five-year plan was developed by the Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption Centre (GIACC) under the Prime Minister's Department, which was established last year about a month after Pakatan Harapan took over administration.
The plan has 22 strategies and 115 initiatives, with strong focus given to six main sectors, namely: politics, public procurement, law enforcement, public sector administration, legal and judiciary, and corporate governance.
The NACP replaces the National Integrity Plan, which was launched in 2004.
Also present at the launch were Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Dr Ismail Abu Bakar, GIACC Director-General Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed and other cabinet ministers.