KUALA LUMPUR, April 29 – The Integrity Commitment Report 2009-2013 which details the progress of the National Integrity Plan (NIP) in the past five years will be tabled at the cabinet meeting tomorrow. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan said after tabling the report, “we will see what we can do and the Institute of Integrity Malaysia (IIM) is responsible in looking for a new plan as we try to improve integrity in all aspects in the country”. He told reporters this after the presentation and submission of the Integrity Commitment Report 2009-2013, here, Tuesday. Also present were former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Auditor-General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang and IIM president Datuk Dr Mohd Tap Salleh. Touching on the proposed Integrity and Governance Committee which was tasked to address corruption and integrity issues in the public service, Low said it was in the final stage.
“The circular of authorising the operationalisation of this committee is expected to be issued (to all government agencies and ministries) anytime soon,” he added. Low said the existence of the committee would help ministries and government agencies to drive governance, integrity and anti-corruption efforts from top to bottom. The Integrity and Governance Committee would also be monitoring the proposals and changes that each government agency and ministry would make to improve integrity in their organisation, he added. The committee has 200 chief integrity officers from 700 ministries and government agencies who have undergone training with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to enhance their skills and understanding of integrity. “So it is not just some rhetoric, but substantive changes in institutional governance,” Low said.
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