Public perception about the integrity of government agencies and departments is important to foster confidence among foreign investors to come and invest in the country.Sarawak Infrastructure Development and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin Jawong said to gain the positive perception, all government agencies are encouraged to sign a Corporate Integrity Pledge (CIP).
He said after Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem and state ministers signed the CIP last January, various departments and state agencies had taken similar steps to sign up.
Manyin said Sarawak Rivers Board (LSS) which signed the CIP today, is the first agency of his ministry to do so, and Sarawak Works Department is going to do the same, soon.
Speaking to reporters after witnessing the CIP signing ceremony by LSS at the National Library Auditorium, here today, he said the other agencies under his ministry would sign the CIP by the end of this year.
“Not only the department and agencies, even all walks of life should have awareness on the question of integrity or corruption, so it does not become a ‘disease’,” he said.
Also present at the ceremony were Sarawak Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) director Badrul Shah Norman, deputy State Secretary Datuk Misnu Taha and the LSS board members.
Badrul Shah said after the Sarawak Works Department, the MACC was discussing with Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) and expected to sign the CIP next month after related matters are resolved.
Asked about Adenan’s statement that he was not satisfied with the integrity of the State Forestry Department several times before, Badrul Shah said efforts to build integrity was a continuous process.
Last November, 21 government and private agencies in the Sarawak forest sector had signed the CIP, seen by many as Adenan’s commitment to combat corruption in the forestry sector.