MALACCA: Senior state officials ought to face punishment if they are found guilty of corruption, said Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron.
Idris gave his assurance that he would not protect any officers who are investigated for graft, and said he would give his utmost cooperation to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to facilitate their investigations.
"As the chief minister, I am committed towards fighting corruption and I will think of ways to cooperate with MACC to report graft-related activities,” he told reporters after chairing the state executive council meeting in Seri Negeri, here today.
He also emphasised that there was no seizure of files when MACC met him on Monday.
Idris was commenting on the arrest of a Malacca Historical City Council (MBMB) senior officer by the MCMC over a graft probe.
Asked why the MBMB senior officer has not been suspended, as what was done on the secretary-general of the Rural and Regional Development Ministry, who is also being probed for graft, Idris said it was the prerogative of the MBMB mayor.
“This, you should ask the mayor. But the rule of law is that a person is innocent until proven guilty.
“I will ensure that any senior officer involved in graft will not go unpunished,” he said.
On calls by several opposition leaders for his resignation as chief minister, Idris said the opposition should not be spinning the news and use social media to attack him.