PENANG, 2 June 2009: The Penang government will reward civil servants, who voluntarily expose corruption, with cash and a chance for promotion, said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng today.
He said the Integrity Award was the first reward of its kind in the country and was open to all government employees.
“The government officer who steps up to reveal the wrongdoing or misappropriation of funds that costs the government money and wastes our resources will be rewarded with RM10,000 and the opportunity to be promoted,” he told reporters after the swearing-in of Farizan Darus as the new state financial officer at Komtar.
He said the state government that practises competency, accountability and transparency (CAT) called for the involvement of government officers and civil servants in the effort to reduce corruption.
“The award is not meant to put pressure on civil servants but is only a preventive measure to tackle corruption,” he said, adding that the state government would also protect the whistleblower’s identity.
Farizan would set the criteria for the award, Lim said.
On Farizan’s appointment as the successor of Datuk Supiah Md Yusoff, who was transferred to the Economic Planning Unit in Putrajaya, Lim said: “Farizan deserves to be promoted as he turned around the finances of the Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP).”
Lim also said that he would recommend the appointment of Seberang Prai Utara district officer Mokhtar Mohd Jait as the new MPSP president during the state executive council meeting tomorrow. — Bernama