A string of graft charges against civil servants is a reminder that those in government must not take away what rightfully belongs to the people, said Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
Speaking at the Prime Minister's Department monthly assembly in Putrajaya today, Najib said the cases highlighted wastage by officials which would reduce public confidence in the government.
"What the MACC has done this past few days reminds us about wastage. About taking away the rights of the rakyat.
"Don't take away the rights of the rakyat. It belongs to them.
"Remember that when we deliver our programmes, it is for the people. So whenever there is wastage, the people will be disappointed and will lose confidence in you,” said Najib, according to Star Online.
The MACC has recently detained a secretary-general of a ministry, his two sons and a chief executive officer of a government agency in connection to corruption, money-laundering and abuse of power allegations.
Following this, the MACC seized gold bars, cash and other valuables valued at at least RM5.6 million from from the secretary-general.
He is expected to be charged today.
Year of delivery
Meanwhile, Najib urged his staff to make 2017 the "year of delivery".
“Let's make 'delivery' our focus this year. Everyone must play their role in delivering programmes or projects that are beneficial for the well-being of the people.
“Projects must be delivered according to schedule. If you encounter obstacles that will affect the delivery of your project, find solutions.
“Don't stay in your own silos. If we can change our mindsets, then we can succeed in 2017,” he said.
Najib said there were signs that the economy would do better this year than the last.
“The price of crude oil, palm oil and rubber has improved.
“As for our currency, which has become a source of concern, it must be noted that out of 149 world currencies, 123 are facing declines against the US dollar, so we are not the only ones affected.
“But with the steps taken by Bank Negara, there is optimism that we can face this volatility,” said Najib.-Mkini