CSO Platform for Reform backs move to establish Ombudsman System in Sarawak

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KUCHING, May 26: The CSO Platform for Reform fully supports the Sarawak government’s decision to establish the Ombudsman System in Sarawak as announced by Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg, recently.

In a statement, the CSO Platform for Reform said it appreciates this progressive measure, but the establishment must adhere to the true concept and principles of an ombudsman.

“The proposed ombudsman should be founded upon the principles of independence, fairness, accountability, and transparency. If these principles serve as the foundation for the forthcoming ombudsman, it will undoubtedly bring benefits to the people of Sarawak.

“We hope that the establishment of the ombudsman will not merely be symbolic and non-functional, but rather function in accordance with the true essence of an ombudsman,” it said.

The CSO Platform for Reform continued by saying it firmly believes that the introduction of the Ombudsman in Sarawak represents a significant milestone in the mission to achieve well-governed public services that are responsible and favour the people.

“We are confident that this decision will set a positive example for other state governments and the Malaysian government, inspiring them to establish their own ombudsman bodies,” said the statement. — DayakDaily