Civil servants urged to practise integrity before Sarawak becomes richest region in Malaysia

Dr Sim (second right) arriving at the event venue, accompanied by Penguang (first right) and Tiang (third right).

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, June 15: Civil servants must begin to practise integrity before Sarawak becomes the richest region in Malaysia, says Deputy Premier Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

He said integrity is vital in wealth management as Sarawak progresses toward prosperity, aligned with the Post-Covid-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030 introduced by Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“It’s so important for Sarawak to start looking at all these (integrity) models and begin training now, before we become the richest in Malaysia.

“It’s not when we become the richest then we look at integrity, but we build our wealth from there,” said Dr Sim when launching Integrity Day 2022 for the Ministry for Public Health, Housing and Local Government in a local hotel here today.

Dr Sim, who is also Minister for Public Health, Housing and Local Government, said Sarawak has made it mandatory for all State agencies, ministries and local councils to formulate their own Organisational Anti-Corruption Plan (OACP).

He said altogether 89 OACPs have been completed by various ministries, agencies and local authorities (PBTs) including those under his ministry.

He also announced that a total of 21 individuals from 19 PBTs have registered to attend the Certified Integrity Officers (CeIO) programme in May.

“I am very hopeful with this excellent response we’re moving at the right direction to fight corruption to its core,” he added.

Among those also present were the Ministry for Public Health, Housing and Local Government deputy ministers Michael Tiang and Datu Dr Penguang Manggil, permanent secretary Datu Antonio Kahti Galis, Sarawak Sewerage Services Department director Datu Ir Lau Hieng Ung, and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Sarawak director Mohamad Zaki Hassan. — DayakDaily