MACC chief to witness Penang anti-graft pledge next week

Lim-Guan-Eng-MACCGEORGE TOWN: The Penang government will sign their own version of a corruption-free pledge, dubbed IBR+10, next Friday and not tomorrow as earlier promised.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the date change was to allow Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad to witness the pledge-taking.

Lim said he was informed by Penang MACC officials that Dzulkifli was overseas and could not be present tomorrow.

“We want to show we are sincere, so we will try to do it next Friday. It is also better as there would not be any parliament session then,” Lim told reporters here today.

Penang had declined to sign the MACC’s IBR, saying it was fine with its own 10-prong anti-corruption measures.

Unlike the IBR, one of the Penang government’s measures requires mandatory asset declaration by all state assembly members and administrators.

Dzulkifli recently criticised the Penang government for not signing the MACC’s Corruption-Free Pledge or IBR.

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

Dzulkifli 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,” he said.