KUCHING: Sarawak will train 40 certified integrity officers to be placed in state ministries and departments to combat corruption.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the officers, comprising state civil servants, would undergo a training course by the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Academy in collaboration with the state's Integrity and Ombudsman Unit.
"I understand we are the first state to have 40 officers being trained at the same time. This shows we are committed to a new culture (of integrity) in our administration.
"I would like to record our appreciation to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for their swift and positive response to our initiative," he said when delivering an address on integrity to state civil servants here on Monday (Feb 11).
It was reported last November that Sarawak planned to have certified integrity officers in all ministries to ensure transparency and compliance with procedures in awarding government contracts.
Abang Johari also announced that an MACC officer would be placed at the Integrity and Ombudsman Unit starting Monday (Feb 11).
This will assist the state's efforts to create a culture of integrity and to improve accountability, transparency and efficiency in the administration, he said.
In addition, he called for anti-corruption training courses to be conducted for the state civil service's support staff.
"From our observation and feedback, most of our programmes and training only involve the top management and professional staff.
"The support staff also need to be trained to strengthen our efforts towards integrity," he said.
He added that this would help ensure that there were enough personnel for an integrity unit in each agency, to be headed by the certified integrity officer who will report directly to the Integrity and Ombudsman Unit.