KUCHING: Sarawak will be the first state to have Certified Integrity Officers (CeIO) programme in the fight against corruption.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said Sarawak was taking such initiative to ensure those in the civil service have high integrity in developing the state.
He pointed out that such programme was also in line with the policy of the state government to eradicate graft.
“As we bring the state towards a developed state by 2030, we want it to be developed with high spirit of integrity because without integrity the state will fall,” he said when speaking at the closing of the programme at the Old State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Complex here yesterday.
“So for this reason we are walking the talk to have our officers with high integrity to help with the development of the state,” Abang Johari added.
The programme involved 44 officers from various ministries, departments, Resident and district office, statutory bodies and state government link companies (GLCs).
Abang Johari pointed out that the CeIO programme was also in line with the Section 17A of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 to be enforced effective June 1 next year.
He further said that as chief minister, he will govern the state without fear or favour and with high integrity where the rule of law must also apply.
Also present were Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Integrity and Ombudsman) Datuk Talip Zulpilip, State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Morshdi Abdul Ghani, Assistant Minister of Corporate Affairs Abdullah Saidol, Assistant Minister of Industries and Investment Malcolm Mussen Lamoh and Malaysia Anti-Corruption Academy (MACA) director Idris Zaharudin.