KUCHING: Sarawak will train 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 head an integrity unit in their respective agencies and report directly to the state’s Integrity and Ombudsman Unit.
For a start, 40 officers will undergo a training course by the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Academy in collaboration with the unit.
“I understand we are the first state to have 40 officers being trained at the same time.
“This shows we are committed 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 yesterday.
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 an MACC officer would be placed at the Integrity and Ombudsman Unit starting Monday.
“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 said anti-corruption training courses should 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.
Abang Johari also called on the Integrity and Ombudsman Unit to organise awareness programmes on the ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Management System certification for the private sector.
He said this served to help private sector management take adequate steps to prevent bribery or corruption in their organisations.
“The aim of the certification is to encourage business and commercial activities in a corruption-free environment,” he said.