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Adenan Satem, corruption, illegal logging, Sarawak

Adenan’s administration gets more praise for fight against graft, illegal logging

Photo by Borneo Post

Photo by Borneo Post

WELL our State government led by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Adenan Satem has done it again. I’ve written in the past about our State receiving praise from international bodies including those previously critical of Sarawak such as the Bruno Manser Fund, WWF and Nature Alert.

This was because of Adenan’s work fighting against illegal logging and corruption in particular.

This time the Consultation and Corruption Prevention Panel (CCPP) has voiced its satisfaction with the State government’s effort to combat graft, especially when it comes to the fight against illegal logging, which is very much associated with corruption.

Now this panel is an independent one that comes under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Committee chairman Tan Sri Johan Jaaffar praised the State under our CM’s leadership for demonstrating strong commitment to fighting corruption.

As we all know now, Adenan has never minced his words when it comes to getting the various government agencies to improve their enforcement efforts.

Tan Sri Johan said he was also happy that our CM often reminded enforcement and implementation agencies to conduct themselves honestly and with complete professionalism.

“We are satisfied with the many efforts taken by the Sarawak Chief Minister to fight corruption. He has made many public statements that are both spot on and appropriate with what the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is hoping for, that is to take stern action and making strong efforts to overcome corruption practices,” he said, adding that the panel is also happy with Sarawak’s effort to combat illegal logging.

“Adenan is serious in fighting illegal logging which is heavily associated with corruption. He had also warned relevant agencies to buck up in their enforcement to stop illegal logging. The closing of many sawmills in the state only shows the seriousness of his administration to fight illegal logging,” said Tan Sri Johan.

High praise indeed again for our CM. I am glad he’s in charge of our State, aren’t you?

The story from The  Borneo Post:

Kudos for Adenan’s administration

By Geryl Ogilvy Ruekeith

Panel happy with Sarawak’s fight against graft and determination to wipe out illegal logging

KUCHING: The Consultation and Corruption Prevention Panel (CCPP) is satisfied with the state government’s effort to combat graft, in particular its fight against illegal logging that is heavily associated with corruption.

Its chairman Tan Sri Johan Jaaffar said the state administration under Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem had demonstrated strong commitment to fighting corruption, as seen through his public exhortation for government agencies to buck up their enforcement efforts.

He expressed contentment that Adenan often reminded enforcement and implementation agencies to conduct their jobs with honesty and utmost professionalism, which he believed would yield good results.

“We are satisfied with the many efforts taken by the Sarawak chief minister to fight corruption. He (Adenan) has made many public statements that are both spot on and appropriate with what Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is hoping for, that is to take stern action and making strong efforts to overcome corruption practices,” he told reporters after paying a courtesy call on the chief minister at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here yesterday.

The panel was also content with the state government’s effort to combat illegal logging.

“Adenan is serious in fighting illegal logging which is heavily associated with corruption. He had also warned relevant agencies to buck up in their enforcement to stop illegal logging. The closing of many sawmills in the state only shows the seriousness of his administration to fight illegal logging,” Johan continued.

In addition, he mentioned that the state MACC was more than capable to handle corruption issues here, and expressed satisfaction with the efforts and strategies it had taken to fight graft.

At the same time, he said the panel would continue to monitor their progress.

During the visit, the group discussed ways that could be taken to stop leakages connected to corruption. The steps discussed included strengthening the IT system as well as government administration.

Johan also stressed on the need to enhance the enforcement of government agencies and departments.

On the whole, he described the corruption level in this country as not serious, and said MACC had taken many appropriate actions to fight corruption.

While admitting that graft did exist in the country, he believed it was not at a worrying level.

“Our main focus is on engagement. In this regards, we are doubling our effort to build ties and cooperation with the relevant agencies and state governments to help our cause in fighting graft,” he continued.

Prior to visiting the state, Johan and his delegation visited the Melaka government to discuss the same issue.

Thus far, he said he was satisfied with the commitment of both Sarawak and Melaka governments to combat corruption.

Also joining the visiting delegation was MACC deputy chief commissioner (Prevention) Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali.

The Consultation and Corruption Prevention Panel is an independent panel under the anti-corruption commission.

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