KUCHING: The Sarawak government will invite the Auditor-General and anti-graft officials to attend its project award and tender meetings, says Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
Defending the state administration against allegations of corruption, he said this move was aimed at enhancing its good record and governance.
“I will include the Auditor-General to sit in our project award committee under the state tender board chaired by the state financial secretary.
“And I will also invite the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to attend our state tender meetings,” he told the state assembly in his winding-up speech on Wednesday (Nov 14).
Abang Johari criticised opposition assemblymen for using “scare and fear tactics” by insinuating that the state government was corrupt and not transparent.
He cautioned them not to question the state government’s integrity and sincerity, adding that Sarawak had received a clean certificate for public accounts management from the Auditor-General for 16 consecutive years.
“I am not governing the state for my own personal benefit. This is about our state and our people and our future.
“This is not a game of cards and I will not allow this state to be destroyed by cheap politics,” he said.
On a separate matter, Abang Johari announced a bonus of one-and-a-half months bonus or a minimum of RM2,000 for state civil servants.
This will be paid by the end of December.