TI-M hopes PM names graft-free Cabinet

PETALING JAYA: Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) hopes Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will not bring back anyone with ongoing court cases into the Cabinet or positions of power.

TI-M president Muhammad Mohan said while circumstances of political instability and leadership tussles might have favoured a particular group or faction, Malaysians have been clear on what they want – justice, no impunity and zero tolerance for corruption.

“If the new government fails to respect these demands, the rakyat will punish them in upcoming polls.

“Similarly, we hope the efforts of reform that the Prime Minister and his Bersatu party campaigned for in 2018 will continue, such as the Political Financing Act, the Independent Police Complaints and Monitoring Commission, and the Parliament Act are enacted in their true form.

“Cabinets and politicians may come and go. But loyalty to the nation and the need to protect and build the country remains the greatest priority,” he said.

Muhammad said TI-M would closely observe all developments under the new government and would continue to be vocal in highlighting any issue of concern in the area of transparency and integrity.

He said TI-M would engage with the government, any organisation or individual who genuinely supports transparency, good governance and justice, and who will fight against corruption and those who are corrupt.

Meanwhile, Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) reiterated its stance that no “outsiders” be appointed to head core civil service agencies such as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

Its president Adnan Mat said this was to ensure the smooth running of the agencies in the event of a change of government.

“These appointed individuals would resign from their respective posts if there is a change in government and this, in turn, could adversely affect government services and create a poor perception of existing government services. Civil servants should continue to remain neutral,” he said.

Adnan called on civil servants to enhance their professionalism, increase productivity and strengthen their interdependence in carrying out their tasks for the betterment of the people and the country.

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