KUCHING (Bernama) – The Sarawak Government created national history yesterday, when almost all its cabinet members comprising seven full ministers and 19 assistant ministers signed the Corporate Integrity Pledge (CIP) at the Wisma Bapa Malaysia.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem led in signing and reading of the pledge in the presence of Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan.
Second Minister of Resource Planning and Environment Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan will sign his, upon his return from overseas.
Earlier, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Deputy Chief Commissioner Datuk Mustafar Ali gave them a briefing.
Adenan, speaking to the media later, said the signing showed the sincerity and honesty of the cabinet members in running the government for the people.
He added they would also be required to submit to him their personal data and income, among others.
“I submitted mine to then-prime minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi when I was a member of his cabinet.
“They (the cabinet members) will do this as soon as possible. This will take a short time because there are not many personal assets for them to declare anyway,” he said in jest.
Adenan said cynics and sceptics might say this was just a show.
“However, they should not jump to conclusion or pre-judge us. This is just the first step and they should see what happens after this. We take our pledge seriously.”
Low, who was present at the media conference, said the signing showed the strong political will and commitment of the state’s leadership.