By Jacob Achoi
KUCHING, Oct 26: The state government will continue to practise good governance with high integrity, said Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Ombudsman and Integrity) Datuk Talib Zulpilip.
He said this was because the state government was aware that good governance and high integrity would propel the state for further development.
“It is always the vision of our leaders to develop the state with good governance and good administration, and with leaders at all levels with high integrity.
And for this reason, several initiatives have been taken by the state government to incorporate high integrity among our leaders at all levels, including our civil service,” he pointed out today.
He was speaking at the 5th series of ‘Jelajah Integriti 2020’ at Kpg Bratan Community Hall along Jalan Borneo Heights here.
The programme was attended by about 120 village chiefs and the Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK) secretaries from Padawan sub-district.
Talib stressed that leaders with high integrity will enable the state to develop, while low integrity would lead to corruption that eventually leads to downfall.
He pointed out that the state was the first to have the integrity oath under the late Chief Minister Pehin Sri Adenan Satem and later under present Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg who initiated the oath for free corruption.
He further said that the amendment of the laws were to protect the rights of the people, citing the Sarawak Land Code as an example.
“When some laws are amended, it is to protect the rights of the people and for our administration to be corrected for good,” he said.
He took a swipe at the opposition who liked to twist facts and urged the people not to listen to such propaganda, describing them as persons without integrity.
Earlier Assistant Minister of Transport Datuk Dr Jerip Susil said village chiefs must report to the relevant authorities if they found out that the projects in their respective area were not up to expectation.
He also advised JKKK to use the government allocation to benefit the villagers.
“We want high integrity among the village chiefs in carrying out their duties,” he said. —DayakDaily