Sabah first to place MACC officer at chief minister’s office

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah today became the first state to place senior officers from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) at the chief minister’s office and the state integrity unit.

Sabah state secretary Safar Untong said the two MACC officers officially began work as integrity officers today.

“On Nov 27 last year the state government, at the state cabinet meeting, agreed to place MACC senior officers on secondment for a period of three years.

“Mohd Fuad Bee Basrah Bee, who is on Grade P54, will be the integrity officer at the chief minister’s office while Nur Faridah Mohamad, who is on Grade P44, will be the integrity officer at the state integrity unit at the state secretariat,” he said here today.

Safar Untong.

Safar said the stationing of the MACC officers showed the determination of Sabah Chief Minister Shafie Apdal and MACC to support the government’s desire to make Malaysia known for its integrity and not corruption.

Sabah MACC director S. Karunanithy said the move was introduced by MACC and Sabah was the first state to implement the initiative.

“The duties of these senior officers are more towards helping the state government enhance the integrity of civil servants in the state, especially those in the chief minister’s department,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mohd Fuad Bee said his duty at the chief minister’s office included promoting good governance to further improve the state government’s image.

“Our duties are more towards prevention,” he added.