MACC Sarawak director: Other religious institutions in State maintain clean record

Zaki (left) and Richard photographed during a souvenir presentation ceremony at the Integrity Talk programme. Photo: Ukas

KUCHING, Aug 20: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Sarawak has not received any allegations or complaints involving corruption, abuse of power, or malpractice involving other religious institutions in the State.

According to a report by Sarawak Public Communications Unit (UKAS), MACC Sarawak director Mohd Zaki Hassan said this gave a positive impression and increased the confidence and trust of the general public towards the leadership of other religious institutions.

However, he stressed that other religious institutions in Sarawak cannot take for granted the good reputation they have built up over the years because, in the future, it may become more challenging.

“Therefore, I call on all religious leaders to take continuous monitoring measures to manage public funds and resources in religious institutions.

“This is to ensure that the funds and resources are used exactly for the objectives set in addition to complying with financial procedures and related laws,” he said when officiating at the inaugural Integrity Talk Programme with Leaders of Other Religions at a local hotel here yesterday (Aug 19).

At the same time, Mohd Zaki advised all religious leaders to ensure that committee members in their respective religious institutions always have trust, integrity, accountability, and responsibility in handling funds and financial resources.

He went on to say that the role of religious institutions is significant in forming and fostering a community that opposes corruption and abuse of power.

Also present was Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) director Richard Lon. — DayakDaily