Gover­nor: Safe­guard rep­u­ta­tion of civil ser­vice

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GE­ORGE TOWN: “Steer clear of cor­rup­tion.”

This was Yang di-Per­tua Negeri Tun Ab­dul Rah­man Ab­bas’s ad­vice to civil ser­vants in Pe­nang.

He said re­ject­ing cor­rup­tion was im­por­tant to safe­guard the rep­u­ta­tion of the civil ser­vice.

“Strengthen your prin­ci­ples, re­ject bribery and be stern against abuse of power that can cause leak­ages,” he said in his open­ing speech at the 13th state leg­isla­tive as­sem­bly here yes­ter­day.

He said he fully sup­ported the state gov­ern­ment’s initiatives in com­bat­ing cor­rup­tion.

“This in­cludes the re­moval and dis­missal of state civil ser­vants from their du­ties (and the sack­ing of) those found guilty of cor­rup­tion.”

Rah­man ex­pressed hope that civil ser­vants in the state would not hes­i­tate to re­port sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity to the author­i­ties.

“I hope they will be brave enough to re­port cases in­volv­ing peo­ple of­fer­ing bribes to civil ser­vants.”

Rah­man also urged Pe­nan­gites to re­spect Is­lam as the state’s of­fi­cial re­li­gion.

“Is­lam is a re­li­gion that is based on knowl­edge. There­fore, it is com­pul­sory for Mus­lims to get a bal­anced ed­u­ca­tion.”

He said all Is­lamic schools, or Maa­had Tah­fiz, in the state should be reg­is­tered to en­sure stu­dents re­ceived qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion.

Ear­lier, Rah­man opened the state’s 13th state leg­isla­tive as­sem­bly sit­ting in a cer­e­mony steeped in tra­di­tion.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, Rah­man in­spected a guard of hon­our mounted by 102 po­lice­men, as the state po­lice contin­gent band played the na­tional and state an­thems.

Present were Speaker Datuk Law Choo Kiang, Chief Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng and as­sem­bly­men.

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