Talib presents a memento to a speaker.

BINTULU: Corruption can be reduced if leaders have high integrity, said Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Integrity and Ombudsman) Datuk Talib Zulpilip.

“Integrity is perhaps the most important principle of leadership because it demands truthfulness and honesty.

“Many companies and organisations fail because they do not follow the reality principle. Integrity means telling the truth even if the truth is ugly.

“It is crucial especially for those in positions of leadership. They must be sincere, open, transparent, trustworthy, honest, have principles and are not easily influenced by any party.

“A leader with high integrity is seen as dependable and accountable for his/her actions. Such leaders will easily earn the people’s trust and in turn, gain influence.

“Apart from that, it is very important for a leader to have high integrity so that development projects in his area can be implemented perfectly,” he said at “Program Jelajah Integriti: Pemimpin Bersama Masyarakat” at ParkCity Everly Hotel here on Thursday.

Talib, who is also Jepak assemblyman, added integrity was also very important as it was the vision of the state government to become a developed state with high integrity by 2030.

He pointed out the effort was started by former Chief Minister, the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem in 2015 when Sarawak became the first state in Malaysia to sign an integrity pledge.

“It was continued by Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg. All state cabinet leaders were required to sign corruption-free pledges on Jan 25, 2017, two weeks after he was appointed as the new Chief Minister. In fact, we were the first state cabinet ministers to take such a step.

“Therefore, I would like to remind all grassroots leaders to always carry out their duties and responsibilities with high integrity so that corruption can be reduced,” added Talib.

More than 100 grassroots leaders in Jepak state constituency attended the two-day event organised by the State Integrity and Ombudsman Unit.