Datuk Talib Zulpilip

KUCHING: The state government has made good on its pledge to be free from corruption, said Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Integrity and Ombudsman) Datuk Talib Zulpilip.

He said Sarawak has been fortunate in its quest to be a corruption free administration as the initiative was started at the highest level of leadership.

“In fostering integrity and anti-corruption in Sarawak, we have been fortunate as this effort has been pioneered by the top level in the state Cabinet.

“The Sarawak Cabinet was the first to sign the integrity pledge under then Chief Minister Pehin Sri Adenan Satem and the state was also the first state to sign the anti-corruption pledge.

“This isn’t all talk and no action but we do what we say,” he said at an integrity seminar in Bintulu today.

Talib said current Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg had also made clear on Sarawak’s position to be corruption-free, adding that from his experience working with the latter, the chief minister had practised integrity throughout his career.

“Every movement will not succeed if it wasn’t for the leadership and encouragement from the top level.

“When I was still a permanent secretary working for a ministry led by the chief minister previously, Abang Johari would advise me to ignore any requests from acquaintances and family members for them to do business with the ministry.

“Thank God, with such leadership, we civil servants were able to perform our responsibilities well,” he said.

Talib added such principles of integrity must be fostered among mosques and surau committee members so that the management of the houses of worship remained top notch.

“We all understand the concept of integrity but we need to put it into practice. Failing to do such would only lower the people’s trust in the institution,” he said.