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KUALA LUMPUR: Integrity officers will soon be appointed in all government agencies to curb corruption, sustain economic growth and address social injustice.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Senator Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan said such officers would aggressively promote anti-corruption measures with public and private entities.

He said the move was needed as no nation could sustain economic progress unless corruption was eradicated or significantly reduced.

"Many challenges and problems caused by failed economic management and crime are related to abuse of power and corruption," Low said in his speech at the two-day "2013 Asia Regional Meeting on Anti-Corruption Strategies" at the Park Royal Hotel, yesterday.

Low said that people were less tolerant of corruption or mismanagement when their standard of living was effected, where there was a large disparity between the rich and the poor, and where there was a lack of employment opportunities resulting from poor governance.

He warned that a lack of democratic consultation with the people and an insensitive government would make the latter unpopular.

"In a mature society, the people who gave the mandate to govern expect a clean administration and believe that it is their right to have one."

To succeed, Low said the following strategies were needed: A strong political will; a holistic and integrated approach and independent and professional judiciary and law enforcement agencies; a structured organisation that supports transparency, accountability and good governance; a good practices compliant framework with robust monitoring, evaluation and reporting mechanism; a system of rewards or incentives and discipline; a zero-tolerance culture towards corruption; and eliminating impunity by upholding the law and impartiality to build trust and credibility.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan (second from left) with Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System Operational Activities for Development in Malaysia Michelle Gyles-McDonnough. With them are regional anti-corruption adviser M. Shervin Majlessi (left) and UNDO APRC project leader of its governance unit Phil Matsheza. Pic by Nurul Syazana Rose Razman


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