KUCHING, Malaysia - Sarawak's ministers and assistant ministers have signed an integrity pledge against corruption, becoming the first state Cabinet in the country to do so.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem, who witnessed the signing at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here on Thursday, said it showed the Cabinet's sincerity and honesty in running a government for the people.
"Of course the cynics will say this is just a show.
"We'll see what happens after this. Don't prejudge us," he said, adding that the state government took the pledge seriously.
Seven ministers and 19 assistant ministers signed the pledge after being briefed by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy chief commissioner (prevention) Datuk Mustafar Ali.
Second Resource Planning and Environment Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan was absent as he is presently overseas, and Adenan said he would sign it when he returns.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Paul Low, who was also present, said Sarawak was the first state whose ministers had signed the pledge.
He said he would push for other states to follow suit.
"I was very surprised by the enthusiasm (for the pledge) when I came here. Definitely Sarawak will be a good example," he said.