Sarawak MP calls for asset declarations by state politicians

Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen.

KUCHING: Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen has called on the state government, led by Gabungan Parti Sarawak, to make it compulsory for all state ministers and assemblymen to declare their assets to help further restore public confidence at the state level.

He said Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg should adopt this initiative in the spirit of transparency and accountability.

“This, among many other needed anti-corruption measures, is important especially with the increase in the development budget by the state government this year and the upcoming allocations from the federal government

“It is important to make sure that all these public funds benefit the people and not just those in power,” he said in a statement here today in welcoming the motion adopted by the Dewan Rakyat to compel MPs to declare their assets.

Yii said studies had shown that an asset declaration open to public scrutiny helped ensure leaders did not abuse their power for personal gain.

“Since last year, all Pakatan Harapan ministers, deputy ministers and MPs have declared our assets including that of our spouse and family. All such information is available online and open for public scrutiny,” he said.