PETALING JAYA: Civil servants must incorporate discipline, integrity and transparency in their work culture in order to have a clean and efficient administration, says the Malaysia Unity Foundation trustee Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
He said good moral values were essential for a trustworthy administration.
"They must develop a culture that will pave the way for the emergence of a dedicated, efficient and ethical civil service with an emphasis on management integrity.
"Mere slogans and lip service are not going to help, " he said on Saturday (Aug 17).
"We cannot be complacent about corruption because it attacks not only the economic and social fabric of society but also the moral foundations of order.
"Corruption is pervasive and can affect almost every aspect of life, " he said.
Lee said it was proven in many instances that an individual took bribes mainly because he was greedy and had the opportunity.
"To eradicate such practices, agencies should have an internal control system that can detect irregularities, " he said.
Lee added that corruption was a symptom of misgovernance often reflected in patronage, red tape, ineffective revenue-generating agencies, large-scale bribery in procurement and failure to deliver services.
"When local officials are accountable to their citizens, decision-making can become participatory and this, in turn, can be the cornerstone of a national strategy to reform 'sick' institutions and improve welfare, " he said.
He said preventing corruption helped to raise revenue, improve service delivery, stimulate public confidence and participation and wins public support.