PETALING JAYA: PKR Communications Director Fahmi Fadzil today urged those leading the Federal Territories Ministry and its units to set an example by declaring their assets.
In a statement today, Fahmi said this would show the commitment of the ministry and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to the principles of transparency and good governance.
“I urge (Federal Territories Minister) Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and KL Mayor Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz, to be examples to their officers by also publicly declaring their assets, immediately.”
He added that while he welcomed Tengku Adnan’s call for all departments in his ministry to scrutinise asset declaration forms of its officers to curb graft practices, the statement came a “little late and is insufficient”.
This, he said, was because it came only after the arrest of a DBKL officer with a “Datuk Seri” title, alongside two other top government officers, who the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said had allegedly been involved in corruption, misuse of power and money laundering.
“Re-evaluation and scrutiny of assets declaration should be done on a periodical basis, and not come as a reaction by the minister when a major incident like the MACC arrests has taken place.
“In fact, NGOs like IDEAS have raised the need to overhaul asset declaration systems, not only for ministers but also for members of the civil service, however it is not known if these pertinent points and ideas were ever accepted, or put to practice.”
Tengku Adnan, better known as Ku Nan, was recently reported as saying that he had asked his ministry’s secretary-general to ensure that the integrity units in the ministry, DBKL, as well as the Labuan Federal Territory, review the declaration of assets by their officers.