Sarawak Integrity And Ombudsman Unit given mandate to become central body

Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg
28/02/2022 02:49 PM

SIBU, Feb 28  -- The Integrity And Ombudsman Unit under the Sarawak Chief Minister’s Office has been given the mandate to become the central body responsible to oversee, investigate and seek resolutions on matters pertaining to maladministration, bureaucracy and red tape in the public sector.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said this was to promote good governance, accountability and transparency through the oversight of government administration and service delivery.

Stressing that their job was not only to handle complaints, he said the ombudsman was rightfully deemed to be the leaders in building better public administration and bridging the gap between the public and the government.

“Hence, I instruct that all ministries/agencies to give their fullest support and cooperation to provide detailed information as required by the unit,” he said in his text of speech read out by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas at the Majlis Amanat Perdana Integriti 2022 here today.

Abang Johari said he had monitored closely how well the unit had undertaken its role as the executive ombudsman since its establishment in 2018 and was pleased with the efforts and proactive actions taken in particular the functions of ombudsman.

The Chief Minister also wanted the state civil service to give their total commitment to ensure that Sarawak able to achieve what it planned and set out to do and get its economy back on track.

He said the civil service needs to review the processes and procedures in order for its services to become “more rakyat-centric” and “more business-friendly”,  yet without compromising on compliance with rules and regulations.

“We need to do away with unnecessary bureaucracy and red tape. It is of utmost importance that we have to fulfil and deliver our election manifesto promises to the rakyat, hence our civil service must be people-oriented,” he said.

On project procurement, he said the implementing agencies must undertake a proper evaluation of tender to accept the best tender and should understand that a failed project would be a great loss to the rakyat who had expected the government to deliver the project.

“I am utterly serious about this matter, which is why I keep on repeating the same issue. I appeal that all agencies adhere to my directive that projects be implemented timely, economically and successfully based on proper processes and procedures,” he said.

Abang Johari said in fulfilling the National Anti-Corruption Plan (NACP), 67 state agencies have completed their Organisation Anti-Corruption Plan (OACP) while the others were still developing it.

He also said that Sarawak, which has 90 Certified Integrity Officers (CEIO) at the moment, will continue its cooperation with Malaysian Anti-Corruption Academy in producing more of the officers with the next series of the programme to be started in May this year.