MACC officers to be stationed in Sabah chief minister’s office

Chief Minister Shafie Apdal (centre) speaks to reporters after the anti-corruption oath-taking ceremony. On his right is MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya.

KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Shafie Apdal today announced the creation of two senior positions in the Chief Minister’s Office to curb corruption..

The positions, to be filled by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers, will be on a contractual basis.

He said the staff at the office should not worry about MACC officers being stationed there if they were not involved in corruption.

In a special address to state and federal civil servants in conjunction with World Anti-Corruption Day, Shafie said the creation of the two posts followed the courtesy call by MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya on him in September.

He said similar positions would be set up in all ministries later, starting with the ones where corruption would most likely occur.

Shafie also said the salaries of civil servants in Sabah would be reviewed to further cut down on corruption. However, this would be done in phases and take into account the state’s financial situation.

There are 21,000 civil servants working in the state ministries and agencies.

Present at the event were Latheefa, members of the state Cabinet and State Secretary Safar Untong.

Earlier, staff of the state and federal agencies took their anti-corruption oath before MACC officers.