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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Guan Eng: Penang will sign MACC's corruption-free pledge if...

The Penang government will sign the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's (MACC) Corruption-Free Pledge (IBR) if 10 of its recommendations on graft are included, said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng. 
"These recommendations have already been used by the Penang government, which is considered a clean government in Malaysia," Lim said in his speech during a Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Hari Raya do in the state last night. 
He denied his government has refused to sign the pledge, saying the MACC has not approached them to do so instead. 
According to Lim, he is willing to discuss the matter with MACC so that "the pledge will not remain just a pledge" and to ensure it includes concrete actions to combat corruption. 
The 10 suggestions put up by Lim, include putting in practice the state government’s principles of CAT (competent, accountable and transparent) and institutionalising the public declaration of assets by the chief minister and state executive council members.
Others are implementing a competitive open tender system, prohibiting family members from obtaining state government contracts, rejecting the application to acquire state land by assemblypersons and government administrators.
Lim said the MACC pledge must also include protection for genuine whistle blowers, a provision to take action against government leaders who live in luxury beyond their means, and transparency in political contribution.

“Government officers must not receive personal donations, and action should be taken on the officers who flout the 10 pledges,” said the DAP secretary-general.
On July 15, MACC Chief Commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad had said that all but three opposition-governed states (Penang, Selangor and Kelantan) have signed the IBR, and MACC cannot "force" DAP-led Penang to sign it. 
Dzulkifli had also indicated that the latter two states have indicated their readiness to sign the pledge, and that "a lot of corruption-related reports have been lodged in Penang." - FMT

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