Abang Johari with some of the CeIO 2019 officers after the closing of their programme.

BINTULU: Sarawak is dead serious in combating corruption because it erodes the people’s trust in the civil service and it undermines the social contract between the government and the governed.

This seriousness was affirmed by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, who lauded efforts made the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for having initiated and trained Certified Integrity Officers (CeIO) to produce civil servants with high integrity.

“All religions teach us to be good… Live within your means, embrace the core of wisdom and uphold integrity,” he said to some 100 officers who attended a Certified Integrity Officers (CeIO) 2019 programme at a leading hotel here yesterday.

He warned public servants to avoid corruption as it could turn a country into an incompetent nation.

“I want us to emulate Denmark which is regarded as one of the world’s least corrupt countries,” he said.

Regarding the welfare of federal civil servants working in the state, he reiterated that the state government would allocate RM4.5 million to disburse RM500 one-off payments to each of them.

The special payment to 95,000 such civil servants will be made in June next year.

Abang Johari with some of the CeIO 2019 officers after the closing of their programme.

Deputy Chief Commissioner (Management and Professionalism) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Datuk Jaafar Mahad, who was also at the same function, said from 2014 until last June, 46.3 per cent of the 4,860 civil servants have been arrested for corruption.

“And 53.4 per cent of the 4,860 public civil servants who were corrupt are below 40 years old,” he said.

He hoped that the CeIO programme could develop a culture that paved the way for them to become more dedicated, efficient and ethical civil servants.

Jaafar is optimistic that CeIO could help to enhance the ability of a department or organisation to maintain its standards and quality of service.

He added that the CeIO was a continuous effort to instill integrity and ethical values in public servants. The CeIO 2019 was officially closed by Abang Johari.

A total of 40 officers from various government agencies and government-linked companies took part in the programme that started last August in line with Section 17A of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009.

Also present at the closing ceremony were Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Integrity and Ombudsman Datuk Talib Zulpilip, Deputy State secretary Datuk Ik Pahon Joyik, and Malaysia Anti-Corruption Academy deputy commissioner Datuk Idris Zaharudin.