UiTM Sabah determined to stay corruption-free
KOTA KINABALU: New Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Sabah Branch staff and students may be asked to take the corruption-free pledge (IBR) in the future.
UiTM Sabah rector Associate Prof Datuk Dr Abdul Kadir Rosline said the university was mulling the IBR “feature” in order to support the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (SPRM) fight against corruption nationwide.
“Maybe this pledge taking ceremony will be made into a permanent feature in the future. We will have all the newly joined staff do it so no one is left out,” Abdul Kadir told the press after the 2017 UiTM Sabah Branch corruption-free pledge ceremony at its campus here.
“Likewise with students, every time a student joins, we will do a UiTM student pledge ceremony,” he added.
Abdul Kadir said UiTM looked forward to strengthening its sterling reputation and anticorruption culture amongst the university's workforce and students.
“In UiTM we are very proud of our records. We intend and are determined to maintain our corruption-free reputation to a higher level,” he said.
“By doing this, we are making ourselves stronger in terms of commitment,” added the UiTM Sabah rector.
SPRM Sabah director Dato Sazali Sabil lauded the university's support of the commission's bid to revolutionize the Malaysian mindset.
He stressed the people need to change their non-committed attitude to a committed one so they will have the guts to reject and report corruption.
“Continuous support in efforts to combat corruption is not SPRM's alone. The war against corruption is a joint effort because without cooperation from all agencies, civil servants or community, SPRM cannot go far,” said Sazali.
“We hope civil servants, especially, will no longer be involved in corruption by 2020 due to the positive mindset inculcated by this revolution,” he added.
UiTM Sabah Branch senior management, faculty heads and 150 staff, about 80% to 90% of the university's total workforce, took the IBR pledge yesterday.
Abdul Kadir (left) presenting the signed corruption-free pledge to Sazali.