KLANG: Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has warned state officials to stay away from graft, saying that those found guilty of corrupt practices or breach of trust must be punished accordingly.
His Royal Highness said he was saddened when recently informed that several state government officials were involved in corruption that could damage the state administration’s image as well the reputation of all government servants.
In a press statement signed by his private secretary Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani, Sultan Sharafuddin said corrupted state officials should be duly dealt with.
“His Royal Highness stressed that disciplinary action and appropriate punishment must be initiated against any official in the Selangor state government found guilty of graft and breach of trust.
“His Royal Highness also said any government officer and politician who had received state awards, medals and honours but found guilty of corrupt practices will be stripped of their awards, medals and honours,” added Mohamad Munir.
Sultan Sharafuddin said graft and abuse of power were unhealthy activities that could destroy society as well as the nation.
The Ruler also thanked the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for carrying out its responsibilities diligently by investigating and fighting corruption in Selangor.
“His Royal Highness called on the MACC to continue investigating in a transparent and thorough manner to obtain strong evidence so that those involved in corruption do not escape from being appropriately punished,” said Mohamad Munir.
Last week, a district officer and a quantity surveyor were detained by the MACC in connection to a project cartel syndicate involved in several multimillion-ringgit projects.
Sources said the two were in cahoots with the contractor’s company, which is part of the cartel syndicate raking in projects worth tens of millions of ringgit in four Selangor districts since 2012.
MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Azam Baki said Sultan Sharafuddin’s statement symbolises His Highness’ concern about the involvement of several state officials in corruption.
“I welcome His Royal Highness’s firm stand on the MACC carrying out its duty to conduct transparent investigations with strong evidence to ensure that those who commit corruption do not escape,” Azam said.
“The MACC calls on the public, including the people of Selangor, to pay special attention to the Ruler’s decree so that the same thing will not happen again, thus making Malaysia free of corruption,” he added.