PRESENTLY, a total of 26 Sarawak government agencies have prepared a Corruption Risk Management (CRM) Plan as a tool to prevent corruption in their respective agencies.
Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Integrity and Ombudsman) Datuk Talib Zulpilip said the CRM is one of the tools in preventing corruption and promoting good governance in the state civil service.
He also pointed out that other corruption prevention tools include the Anti-Bribery Management System (ABMS) and Organisational Anti-Corruption Plan (OACP).
“In terms of achievement since the establishment of the State Integrity and Ombudsman Unit (Union), 89 programmes on cultural integrity have been implemented involving 27,921 participants.
“Such programmes will be continued to strengthen the integrity of the entire community and to reduce corruption,” he said at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) yesterday.
He was responding to a question from Dennis Ngau (GPS-Telang Usan) who had asked what tools the state government used to assess the level of achievement in their efforts to curb corruption since Union was established.
Talib noted that the state government had also produced 94 Certified Integrity Officers (CeIO) who serve as catalysts in cultivating integrity and fighting corruption.
He stressed that corruption is a very complex social, economic and political phenomenon.
“However, 180 countries including Malaysia have used the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) as a tool for measuring perceptions of corruption.
“Malaysia has shown an increase of 61 in 2018 compared to 62 in 2017,” he said.
He said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had conducted the Anti-Corruption Perception Study in 2018 which showed that 70.8 per cent of Malaysians believed that the initiatives taken would reduce corruption.
“This is a positive sign of the effectiveness of anti-corruption efforts implemented in Malaysia including the state.”