Ali’s pro­posal to com­bat graft

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KUALA LUMPUR: Chief Sec­re­tary to the Govern­ment Tan Sri Ali Hamsa has pro­posed that govern­ment projects worth RM500 mil­lion and above should re­quire the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the Au­di­tor-Gen­eral and the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) in or­der to com­bat cor­rup­tion and bribery.

He said through the pro­posal, the Au­di­tor-Gen­eral and MACC’s deputy di­rec­tor will be re­quired to at­tend meet­ings as ex­cos for var­i­ous govern­ment projects in­clud­ing the on­go­ing Mass Rail Tran­sit (MRT) project.

He said the in­volve­ment of both agen­cies in high-cost govern­ment projects is piv­otal as it is a proac­tive mea­sure to pre­vent leak­ages and cor­rup­tion in the public ser­vice.

“There are cur­rently 1.6 mil­lion civil ser­vants in the coun­try and just be­cause of a few (bad ap­ples) who have no in­tegrity (and com­mit dis­hon­est acts), it ruins the good name of public ser­vants as well as the coun­try’s im­age,” he said dur­ing his speech at the 2016 in­vesti­ture cer­e­mony for 292 grad­u­ates at the Public Ad­min­is­tra­tion In­sti­tute, yes­ter­day.

Ac­cord­ing to him, 30 govern­ment ser­vants have been found to be in­volved in cor­rup­tion and bribery by the MACC since 2010.

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