“Corruption among factors behind lack of development in rural Sarawak” – Uggah

The Sarawak government is committed to creating a transparent and corruption-free administration to ensure efficiency in addressing the people?s problems as well as the implementation of various government projects and initiatives.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said corruption was among the reasons which contributed to the lack of development in rural areas of Sarawak.

?There are areas where despite having a piping system, there is no water supply. There are also incomplete roads or projects which have taken too much time to be implemented, in addition to villages without electricity supply.

?We can?t deny that (sometimes) it?s due to corruption, which has led to people?s problems and other longstanding issues remaining unresolved. As such, we must uphold integrity at all levels to ensure that the government?s initiatives and projects can benefit the people,? he said.

Uggah, who is also the state Agriculture Modernisation, Native Land and Regional Development Minister, said the ministry is in the process of transforming the agriculture industry as Sarawak aims to become a net food exporter by 2030.

?To achieve our goals, we need to be free of corruption and perform our duties with sincerity, integrity and responsibility to benefit the people and the state,? he said.

The ministry, he said, set to modernise the agriculture industry and help rural farmers and fishermen increase and improve their production.

?We want better quality and greater quantity (of food products) from our farmers. At such, we can become a net exporter while narrowing down the income gap between the urban and rural communities.

?We want to improve the livelihood of villagers and eradicate poverty,? he added.

Speaking at the ministry?s Integrity Day here on Wednesday, Uggah said he would also ensure that all projects and contracts under his ministry undergo an open tender process.

?I know that people in the modern era have higher expectations. They want a clean government and transparency in everything. Thus, we are also committed to improving our procedures and process in managing public projects,? he said.

?We will ensure every program can be carried out on time and benefit the target groups,? he added.

Over 400 people, included department heads, officers and staff under the ministry participated in the event. They also undertook a corruption-free pledge, witnessed by the state?s Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

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