MACC’s Latheefa calls for integrity unit in office of MBs and CMs


THE Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has urged all states to establish an integrity unit in the office of their respective mentri besar (MB) or chief minister (CM) in an effort to check corruption or irregularities.

MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya (picture) said so far only Sarawak has set up the State Integrity and Ombudsman Unit.

“I hope all the states will emulate Sarawak in avoiding any criticism (against the highest state government administration) and initiate the process of administrative transparency.

“This is because the potential for corruption is greater at the state level than the federal level, because the states have more access to various resources such as logging and land-related matters,” she told reporters after a dialogue with government-linked companies and the Terengganu hotel industry in Kuala Terengganu yesterday.

Latheefa added that the MACC would place a senior officer in the integrity unit of the office of the MB or CM to ensure transparency in governance.

She said besides the integrity unit, the declaration of assets by state assemblymen and transparency in the procurement process also helps the state governments in establishing an administration free of corruption and abuse of power.

“Perak is the first state that has required all assemblymen to declare their assets. I hope all the other states will also follow this example, regardless of whether they are administered by the ruling coalition or the Opposition,” she said.

Latheefa said she discussed this matter with Terengganu MB Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar at a meeting on Sunday night and that he is committed to implementing the proposal.

A motion will be tabled in the Terengganu State Legislative Assembly at the next meeting, she said, adding that the MACC will assist in the implementation of the proposal. — Bernama