KOTA KINABALU: Sabah became the first state in the country to have two anti-graft officers placed in the Chief Minister’s office as a move to check any corrupt practices in the state administration.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal made the announcement on Monday (Dec 9) that two Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers will be stationed at his office.
Making the announcement in conjunction with the International Anti-Corruption Day, he said that placing the anti-graft officers within the state government was important because people in the administration attracted the attention of people with vested interests.
He said that apart from placing MACC officers within the state administration, the Parti Warisan Sabah led state government was also the first to launch the Anti-Corruption 2019-2023 roadmap in October this year to achieve zero corruption.
Shafie said that the anti-corruption campaign was not only for civil servants but also for him as he was not above the law.
“I want them (MACC officers) to be in the Chief Minister’s Department to give a reminder to all including the Chief Minister. If the Chief Minister carries out his duties corruptly, he should also be arrested.
“This way there will be fear of doing anything wrong among all, ” he added.
He said the MACC should also carry out dialogues and provide guidelines for all state ministries to discharge their duties with integrity.
“I want them to hold integrity sessions with ministers, assistant ministers and elected representatives, not only with civil servants, ” he said.
“Some did not know the meaning of Treasury directive, and did not know the procedures involved. I don’t blame them, sometimes we have to explain and teach them the right way, ” he added.
Shafie also disclosed that they were studying the salaries of the state's civil servants in a bid to increase them as low salaries could also be a factor for corruption.
Among those present were MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya and Sabah MACC director S. Karunanithy among other state ministers and civil servants.
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