Penang to sign own version of anti-corruption pledge, invites MACC boss

lim-guan-eng-sprm-pulau-pinang-ibr-1GEORGE TOWN: The Penang government has invited Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad to witness a special signing of a slightly different corruption-free pledge or IBR (“ikrar bebas rasuah”).

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said their pledge will also be called IBR, but with the word “10 plus” added at the end.

He said it would be signed by all assemblymen, MPs and members of the administration this Friday at Komtar.

“I have discussed with my exco members and they have agreed to sign the ‘IBR 10 Plus’, provided it includes the state government’s 10 integrity measures.

“This demonstrates our sincerity and commitment to combat corruption as well as not to allow this matter to be maliciously exploited by the BN-controlled media to politically lynch Penang,” Lim said in a statement.

Penang had declined to sign MACC’s IBR and had said it was fine with its own 10-prong anti-corruption policies.

He said the 10 anti-corruption policies under CAT already in practice since 2008 were:

  • Administration based on competency, accountability and transparency values at work;
  • Open declaration of property by the chief minister and his executive councillors;
  • Implementation of open competitive tenders;
  • Not allowing any family members of elected reps to be involved in government contracts;
  • Saying no to land applications by elected reps and those in the administration;
  • Protecting genuine whistleblowers;
  • Taking action on leaders who live a luxurious lifestyle beyond their official income;
  • Transparency in political donations;
  • Not receiving personal donations; and,
  • Taking stern action against any officers of the government who go against the rules above.

One of the policies requires mandatory asset declaration by all assembly members and administrators.

“The Penang government has no problems in volunteering to sign the IBR. This IBR 10 Plus will be signed on July 28 by all members of the administration, assemblypersons and MPs,” Lim said in a statement today.

Dzulkifli recently criticised the Penang government for not signing the MACC’s IBR.

He said most states had signed the pledge voluntarily and he could not “force” Penang to sign. It was reported that Selangor and Kelantan had also not signed the pledge yet.

He also criticised Lim for saying Penang did not get an invitation to sign the pledge.

“I don’t know why Lim Guan Eng says we need to invite them. What makes Penang so great? I’m really baffled, but it’s up to him to do what he wants.”