KOTA KINABALU: State Cabinet ministers and government officers found to be involved in corruption should be replaced immediately, urged Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president Datuk Chin Su Phin.
Chin said the State Government should not wait till the next general election to deny Cabinet ministers and elected representatives the opportunity to contest due to their involvement in corrupt practices.
He said this in response to Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Shafie Apdal’s warning that Sabah Cabinet ministers and elected representatives found to be involved in corruption and irregularities would be dropped and not be nominated to contest in the next general election during a Chinese New Year celebration in Semporna recently.
“If ministers or government officers are found to be corrupt, the State Government should not wait until the next general election to take action against them.
“They should be replaced immediately,” he said to the media after the LDP Chinese New Year celebration for members in the west coast region here yesterday.
Chin said the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) government had made the mistake of shielding corrupt officers in the past.
He said LDP had received complaints about certain ministers and officers who were involved in corrupt practices.
However, he said such cases required solid evidence in order to lodge an official report.
“If members of the public could provide sufficient evidence of officers or elected representatives’ involvement in corruption, I will personally file a report to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) so that these individuals would be brought to justice.”
Chin also hoped that the State Government led by Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) would truly walk the talk in their promise to be a corruption-free administration.
On another note, he said around 800 LDP members and their families in the west coast attended the Chinese New Year celebration yesterday.
“I am pleased to see that our members in the west coast were united and remained steadfast to the party’s struggles even though we are now in the opposition.”
Chin added that the party would also host Chinese New Year celebration in Lahad Datu, Sandakan, Tawau, Kudat and Keningau.
Also present were LDP deputy president Datuk Lim Ming Hoo, vice presidents Datuk Chin Shu Ying, Yew Chau Khiong and Ng Tet Hau, secretary general Senator Datuk Yong Wui Chung, treasurer general Datuk Albert Ngan, organizing secretary Chiang Bhat Sing, Youth Movement leader Sim Fui and Women Movement leader Glenna Wong.