Forward    Feedback    

Second email to Ministers – Give meaning to inaugural National Integrity Day with Ministers spearheading anti-corruption drive in their respective ministries culminating in a full-scale parliamentary debate next month


Media Statement

by Lim Kit Siang  

, Tuesday): I have today sent a second email to all Cabinet Ministers,  a follow-up of  my email yesterday to Ministers on the deep and worsening higher education crisis in the country, propelled into the centre-stage by Malaysia’s adverse results  in the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) World University Ranking 2005, as the Cabinet meeting tomorrow – the first after Pak Lah’s  two-year premiership – should be an important and critical one.

This is what I said in my second email to Cabinet Ministers:

It is almost a national consensus that  a Cabinet reshuffle is long overdue.  If a Cabinet reshuffle is not immediately on the cards, and will have to wait until early next year, then it is even more imperative for Ministers to demonstrate that they are not  well past their useful  shelf-life by boldly and courageously addressing the teeming issues afflicting the people, government  and country.

Yesterday, I wrote about the collective Ministerial  responsibility for  the disastrous plunge of University of Malaya (UM) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)  in the THES World University Ranking 2005 on the Top 200 Universities and my three proposals for the creation of world-class universities in Malaysia.

Today, I wish to urge the Cabinet to restore public confidence in the commitment of the Ministers to the Prime Minister’s pledge for an open, accountable, transparent, incorrupltible and people-oriented government, particularly in the development  of a new political culture of zero-tolerance for corruption.

The public and international impression is that the Prime Minister is very  much alone and isolated in his commitment to fight corruption and establish national  integrity, as  Cabinet Ministers had been conspicuously silent, failing to give any meaningful, significant and public support to the campaign against corruption in the past two years.

The inaugural National Integrity Day on November 5 has come and gone leaving no  public impact whatsoever in the battle against corruption.  In fact, I dare say that the overwhelming majority of Malaysians, including MPs, do not know about the National Integrity Day or its purpose.

How can the National Integrity Day succeed in making integrity as a culture and way of life of the Malaysian society when Ministers are not prepared to step forward as the role models of integrity?

It is however not too late for Ministers to make amends, starting with the Cabinet meeting tomorrow by marking the inaugural National Integrity Day with a declaration of  corruption as the No. 1 enemy of  the country.

Every Minister should spearhead  an integrity and  anti-corruption drive in the respective Ministries, competing with each other with innovative ideas and proposals to  fight corruption and abuses of power, with each Minister required to submit a report of the outcome of the first month of the Ministry Integrity Drive to Parliament before the end of the current budget meeting – culminating in the first full-scale parliamentary debate on corruption in the nation’s history.

Parliament is scheduled to end the 41-day budget meeting  on December 8. The Cabinet tomorrow should extend the current parliamentary meeting  by  at least another week till December 15 to cope with the outstanding load of parliamentary business.

Yours truly,


(Lim Kit Siang)

Ketua Pembangkang



*  Lim Kit Siang, Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman

Your e-mail:

Your name: 

Your friend's e-mail: 

Your friend's name: