KOTA KINABALU: Sabah has become the first state in Malaysia to have two senior anti-graft officials placed at the Chief Minister’s Department.
The two Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers – Mohd Fuad Bee Basrah Bee and Maysara @ Nur Faridah Mohamad – reported for duty at the Chief Minister’s office and the state integrity unit at the State Secretary’s office on Jan 2.
They will serve for a period of three years.
State Secretary Datuk Safar Untong said the purpose of these placements was to improve the integrity and performance of civil servants.
He said the decision to have two MACC officials in the Chief Minister’s Department was made during past Cabinet meetings.
Sabah MACC director Karunanithy Y. Subbiah said the move would help the state government upkeep its integrity and enhance its work culture.
“After three years, we will see how these two officials’ performances are, and it will be up to the state government to decide on whether or not to extend the contract, ” he said.
Mohd Fuad said their role was to promote the best management practices, and to foster a culture of high integrity.
“We will focus on prevention efforts and other related programmes during our tenure here, ” he said.
Meanwhile, MACC said it would keep a close watch on the upcoming Kimanis by-election, and has activated its operations room for this purpose.
Karunanithy said the operation room based here would operate round-the-clock.
“Our men will be on the ground as well to monitor the situation from nomination day (tomorrow) until polling day on Jan 18, ” he said.
He added that anyone with relevant information or complaints related to the by-election to contact MACC at 088-488 381.