All round support needed to tackle corruption

Talib deliver his speech. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: Anyone with information on corruption has been urged to lodge a report with the state Integrity and Ombudsman Unit.

Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Integrity and Ombudsman) Datuk Talib Zulpilip said he needs the support of all sectors including the state’s Certified Integrity Officers (CeIO) and the general public to tackle any form of corruption.

“This is my promise, whoever send any information to me, I will listen and will never reveal the informant who provides me with information,” he said when officiating at a seminar on Strengthening CeIO and Sarawak Integrity Unit at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) today.

He said oftentimes he publicly gave his mobile contact and urged those with any information to contact him at 012-8983366.

“We have to work together, let us have a very efficient and effective civil service so that we can serve the state and the people well,” he said.

He added that Sarawak was peaceful as leaders looking after the state administration have a high level of integrity.

“Even before Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg became the chief minister, he always advised me if anyone wants to seek ‘business’ (from the government), don’t entertain them.”

He noted that Sarawak ministers were the first Cabinet to sign an integrity pledge against corruption during the leadership of the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem.

He added studies had proven that the higher the integrity plus corporate performance, the better the organisation. 

“Therefore, CeIO that has been attached at respective state agencies, be brave and report any wrongdoing that you may encounter.

“Be brave, hold on to your gut,” he advised.

He also reminded all agencies to obey the law and procedures to ensure good administration, particularly in management of financial accounts.

Earlier, Talib said he welcomed more officers to be appointed as CeIOs.

“I want to say thank you because there are many who want to join the CeIO programme and this means that among the civil servants, there are those who are honest and trustworthy in carrying out their duties,” he said.

Currently, there are 94 CeIOs in various departments in the state.

Also present was state Integrity and Ombudsman Unit director Adana Jed.