Recoda to focus on five areas in anti-graft plan

Ismawi leads the organisation’s Corruption Free Pledge at the Recoda Integrity Day and the pre-launch of the OACP book at Land Custody and Development Authority (LCDA) Tower in Kuching. Photo: Recoda

KUCHING: Regional Corridor Development Authority (Recoda) will focus on five priority areas exposed to risk and opportunity for corruption in its Organisational Anti-Corruption Plan (OACP) for the next five years.

These fields are procurement, project management, finance, administration, and investment promotion, which are amongst the 28 total risks identified during an OACP workshop facilitated by the State Integrity and Ombudsman Unit (Union) from Dec 21 to 23 last year.

Following this, Recoda has also produced 90 initiatives towards making it an organisation with integrity and corruption-free.

Minister in Chief Minister’s Department (Integrity and Ombudsman), Datuk Talib Zulpilip said the OACP programme was among the efforts by the state government in ensuring Sarawakians to be free from corruption especially among the state’s civil servants.

“With the vision of making Sarawak a developed state with high integrity by 2030, the Sarawak government through the Union under the Chief Minister’s Department, remains committed in cultivating integrity practices in all walks of life by organising various programmes and initiatives.

“All efforts have begun to bear fruit to the extent the state government was recognised as the ‘Malaysian Anti-Corruption Champion’ at the Anti-Corruption Champion Appreciation Night in 2019.

“And most recently through the staging of the ‘Semarak Pertiwiku’ theatre organised by the Union in collaboration with Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Unimas won the ‘Excellence and Innovation In The Arts’ during the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards Asia 2020,” he said.

Talib (second left) witnessing the handing over of Corruption Free Pledge document from Ismawi (second right) to Zaki. Also seen on the right is Adana. Photo: Recoda

Talib said this when officiating at the Recoda’s Integrity Day and pre-launch of the OACP book at Land Custody and Development Authority (LCDA) Tower here on Monday.

The minister also mentioned that the efforts to prevent corruption were among the important elements that every organisation should have in order to enhance its progress and status.

“Every individual has a duty and shared responsibility to develop the country through integrity and good governance. The process of cultivating integrity as well as good governance requires continuous and time-consuming efforts and attempts.

“Efforts to spread the value of integrity among the community will continue to be strengthened and it has shown a positive response among the general public,” he added.

Meanwhile, Recoda chief executive officer Datuk Ismawi Ismuni said the OACP document serves as the Authority’s guideline to ensure that there are no weaknesses and leakages in its governance on an ongoing basis.

“Recoda has been given an important mandate not only to implement development projects across the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score) region, but also to attract investments,” he stated.

Also present were Union director Adana Jed, state MACC director Mohd Zaki Hassan and deputy director (Prevention) Chang Ching.