Talib (seated, third left) and Sikie (seated, second left) giving the thumbs up at the programme.

TATAU: Integrity and transparency should always be a priority for the Sarawak government, said Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Integrity and Ombudsman) Datuk Talib Zulpilip.

He added that because of that, the state government is committed to cultivate the value of integrity at various levels of society.

“This is in line with the wishes of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg who wants to see Sarawak progress and have a high level of integrity by 2030,” he said while officiating at the ‘Integrity Tour: Leader with the Bintulu Community Series 2/2020’ at Rumah Ulen anak Segaya, Nanga Tekalit on Saturday.

According to him, the process of cultivating integrity, especially among the community requires continuous effort.

Therefore, Talib stated that efforts to disseminate the value of integrity among the community will continue to be intensified as it has shown a positive response among the general public.

In this regard, he explained the Sarawak government through the State Integrity and Ombudsman Unit (Union) has planned various integrity cultivation programmes to prevent and eradicate corruption.

Talib who is also the Jepak assemblyman, said Union has a role to play in receiving various complaints and suggestions from the public related to the service agencies and government departments.

“All complaints were inspected and investigated based on the practices of the International Ombudsman namely freedom, neutrality, equality, confidentiality and informality.

“So use this platform well if there are misconducts and mistakes that occur in your place,” he said.

Also present were Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Native Law and Customs) cum Kakus assemblyman Datuk John Sikie Tayai and his wife Datin Melia John, Bintulu Division Resident Jack Aman Luat, Tatau District Officer Barayan Lenya, Union representative of the Chief Minister’s Department Paul Murphy Ningkan, Tatau District Community and Village Chief chairman Penghulu Sanok Magai and Penghulu Gerosen Jubin.