Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Penang offers RM10,000 reward for info on corruption

Whistle-blowers in the civil service who come forward to report wrongdoings by their fellow colleagues, including corruption and abuse of power that resulted in losses incurred by the state government will received a RM10,000 reward and also be considered for promotion.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the integrity award would also deter civil servants from corruption as their deeds could be exposed by others.

"The 'i' award will be given to those who come forward willingly to expose these wrongdoings without waiting for investigations to commence or even police action to be taken.

"I am not saying that there are such practices, but we want to come clean and this award would also serve as a deterrent to those who have been corrupt and whose activities have been detrimental or caused losses to the state government.

"This state government wants to embrace the 'disclosure-based' principle, where every activity of every civil servant is done with utmost transparency," he said at the swearing-in of the incoming State Financial Officer Faizan Darus who previously served as Seberang Perai Municipal Council president.

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