PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim claims he has received reports of civil servants asking for commissions for various government projects.
Anwar said it was difficult to get rid of this “old culture” established by previous governments.
“We cannot deny that this culture still exists. I still hear of people asking for commissions in my office or certain ministers’ offices.
“It takes time to dismantle this culture, so I am asking for your cooperation,” he told civil servants at the Prime Minister’s Department’s monthly meeting this morning.
In December, Anwar maintained that he would not tolerate the actions of the “small segment” of civil servants who were practising corruption and abuse of power.
He said he had empowered enforcement agencies to do the necessary to battle corruption, including monitoring the expenses of government-linked companies (GLCs).
Anwar also described his recent four-day official visit to China as a huge success, saying several Chinese companies had agreed to make Malaysia their new regional hub, having been based in neighbouring Asean countries in the past.
He also said he will be announcing tens of billions of ringgit in investments from China in a few days’ time, involving leading Chinese companies.