Thursday, August 6

‘Malaysia on right track in anti-corruption fight’

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THE CHAMPION: Muhyiddin (left) handing over the champion trophy of 2011 Integrity Speech Competition to Paizal Sanek from Institute Pendidikan Guru Malaysia while IPG rector Datuk Dr Haili Dohlan looks on. — Bernama photo

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is on the right track in terms of fighting corruption, malpractices and abuse of power following various initiatives undertaken by the government, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday.

In line with the commitment of the National Integrity Plan, he said the government had even raised the status of the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) to that of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and had established an advisory board, a complaints committee and several panels to provide advice and monitor the activities of MACC to ensure that there was transparency and independence for it to carry out its anti-corruption duties.

In addition, an Integrity Pact had been introduced in the government’s procurement system as well as in e-perolehan to bring about transparency in the award of government tenders and contracts.

Muhyiddin said the government had also established compliance units in government agencies that may be at risk, created a database of those guilty of corrupt practices and ratified the UN Convention Against Corruption.

“By strengthening enforcement institutions involved in combating corruption, creating a legal mechanism to handle corrupt practices and having a monitoring mechanism in government agencies, we are confident that the scourge of corruption and abuse of power in the country would be fought until the end,” he said in his speech at the close of the 2011 Integrity Speech Competition for the Minister of Education’s Shield held among teacher training institutes at the National Integrity Institute here.

He said the government had enacted the Anti-Corruption Act, Witness Protection Act, Anti-Money Laundering Act and Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act and had made fighting graft one of the National Key Results Areas (NKRAs).

The government had also introduced the National Integrity Plan to instill a culture of integrity in all walks of life besides strengthening integrity in various sectors, said Muhyiddin.

“All this will surely improve the confidence of the people and international community in terms our of country’s efforts to be free from corrupt practices,” he said.

As such, he said all the government’s initiatives to eradicate corruption and strengthen a culture of integrity in society needed support from all fronts, including civil servants, business people, private sector employees and people from all strata of society for without this support, the government’s initiative would not succeed.

“Having a culture of integrity is important in our efforts to become a developed nation where our citizens would adhere to good moral values and ethics. A culture of integrity is also a vital ingredient for establishing a developed nation and a well-being society,” he said.

Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, said the government wanted to see its educators play a more important and effective role in inculcating a culture of integrity through education.

“As educators, teachers can instill good moral and ethical values through their teaching and consequently bring about a culture of integrity among students, who will form the future generations of the nation,” he said.

One effective way for teachers to build good morals through education was by becoming good role models themselves with them displaying their trust, dedication and commitment to their jobs, and this would be the best example to students, Muhyiddin added.

He also proposed that programmes based on creating a culture of integrity in the teaching profession such as the integrity speech competition be stepped up.

In this year’s competition, Paizal Sanek from Institut Pendidikan Guru Malaysia (IPG), Bahasa Melayu Campus in Kuala Lumpur was the champion, while the runner-up was Mohd Shafiq Aiman Mat Nor (IPG Kampus Raja Melewar, Negeri Sembilan) and third Fatimah Azzahra Mohamed Sharif (IPG Kampus Ipoh). — Bernama