KOTA KINABALU - A total of 10 MPs and state assemblymen from Sabah are committed to combat corruption.
The 10, including an Opposition MP, are the first elected representatives from the state to sign the commitment to tackle graft during a gathering with senior Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission officials on Saturday.
The MPs are Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin (Papar), Datuk Sapawi Ahmad (Sipitang), Datuk Linda Tsen Thau Lin (Batu Sapi) and Datuk Nasrun Mansur (Silam) - all of Barisan Nasional - and DAP's Jimmy Wong Sze Phin (Kota Kinabalu).
The state assemblymen who gave their commitment are Datuk Joniston Bangkuai (Kiulu), Datuk Ahmad Bujang (Sindumin), Datuk Seri Michael Asang (Labuk), Datuk Masiung Banah (Kuamut) and Datuk Hamisa Samat (Tanjong Batu) - all from Barisan.
Their commitment includes being role models in rejecting any type of corrupt practice and exercising integrity in administrative matters and their personal conduct.
The elected representatives also pledged to be transparent in their handling of funds, such as political donations, and not to politicise issues related to corruption.
MACC deputy chief commissioner Datuk Zakaria Jaafar, who witnessed the signing, said it hoped that more political leaders would work with the commission to tackle corruption.
"Corruption should not be politicised. It is not a political issue. It is a crime which we must eradicate," he said.
Rosnah, who is also the Deputy Works Minister, said she would encourage more Barisan elected representatives to sign the anti-corruption pledge.
"I am certain that many of my fellow elected colleagues want to show their stand against graft," she said.