Setting the bar against graft


Aiming to excel: JPJ officers serving customers at the Wangsa Maju branch during the first day of reopening. — ART CHEN/The Star

PETALING JAYA: The Transport Ministry has put in place various mechanisms to ensure it is an exemplary institution that is free from corruption, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

The Transport Minister said the government had earlier launched the National Anti-Corruption Plan (2019-2023) on Jan 29, 2019, that outlined the need for every government agency to obtain the Anti-Bribery Management System (ABMS) certification.

“The development and implementation of the certification of ABMS together with the launch of the Anti-Corruption Management System (SPAR) manual this year shows that the Transport Ministry is heeding the calls by the government to be the benchmark of an excellent organisation in terms of good governance, integrity and anti-corruption,” he said on Facebook yesterday following the launch of the SPAR manual for the Transport Ministry in Putrajaya on Wednesday.

Dr Wee said the manual will be a reference and guide for each unit and departments under the purview of the Transport Ministry in order to provide the necessary documentation and requirements towards obtaining the ABMS certification.

The ABMS introductory session for officers and staff of the ministry and the launch of the ABMS bunting by the ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Isham Ishak on April 20, had kick-started the initial certification of ABMS project and the soft launch of SPAR at the ministry.

“With the implementation of this holistic framework, I am confident that the anti-corruption management system of the ministry will be able to create a highly reputable service delivery ecosystem with high reputation, exceeding the expectations of stakeholders and the rakyat,” added Dr Wee.

Meanwhile, Puspakom services –including mobile inspections –resumed yesterday.

“To make things easier for the rakyat, I have instructed the director-general of the Road Transport Department (JPJ) to remove the requirement to obtain a confirmation letter from JPJ before conducting vehicle inspections at Puspakom,” said Dr Wee.

“An official statement from JPJ will be issued shortly,” he said.

The latest operation hours for Puspakom will be from Monday to Friday (or Sunday to Thursday for Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu) from 8am to 5.30pm, while inspections will be on Saturday at selected branches only.

Inspections can only be made via online appointments through MyPUSPAKOM, and the public is advised to follow the SOP set by the Health Ministry.

Operations for agencies under the purview of the Transport Ministry resumed yesterday.

This includes JPJ, Land Public Transport Agency (Apad), Puspakom, the Marine Department, as well as the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board in Sabah and Sarawak.

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