Cuepacs hails rotation system for critical govt posts to prevent corruption

PETALING JAYA: The rotation system for officers holding sensitive posts in the civil service could confound those eyeing to manipulate the system for their own gain and minimise any chances of misconduct, says the Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Service (Cuepacs).

Its president Adnan Mat (pic) said the directive from Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali for those in sensitive divisions such as procurement and tenders must be implemented as long-serving officers could soon recognise and take advantage of any flaws in the system.

"When officers are in a position for too long, there are bound to be those who will conspire with others and manipulate the system.

"There will also be other 'predators' hoping to get close with officers in those positions," he said in a statement on Tuesday (April 6).

Adnan added that existing measures such as internal audits coupled with the active participation of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) would continue to be effective in stamping out corruption within the civil service.

He, however, said despite reports of misconduct involving civil servants resulting in a syndicate found to have obtained RM3.8bil worth of government tenders, most civil servants still retain their integrity.

"Those involved in this syndicate are a small group who are easily swayed.

"There are many more principled and trustworthy civil servants who are dedicated to carrying out their duties with integrity," he said.

Adnan added that while Cuepacs works to defend the welfare of public servants, it does not tolerate misconduct and said investigations should continue in accordance with the rule of law.

On Tuesday (April 6), the MACC arrested eight people including a senior government officer and a person with a "Datuk" title for alleged involvement in a "project cartel" syndicate.

The MACC also smashed a syndicate issuing fake temporary work permits which managed to hack into the Immigration Department systems where a person also with a "Datuk" title, who was believed to be the head of the syndicate, was among five people arrested.

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