KUALA LUMPUR: “I am ready to declare my assets and income as required by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government,” said Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu.
The Minister well known as Mat Sabu said, he has declared it before and as such he is prepared to do it again at any time.
Mohamad said that in reply to a question whether he is ready to declare his assets following the announcement of Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad on Monday that politicians including the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister have to declare their assets and income.
Dr. Mahathir made that move on Monday after the Special Cabinet Committee Meeting on Anti-Corruption. The meeting decided that politicians are regarded as public servants and as such they have to declare their assets and income to the government.
On the question of politicians classified as public servants, Mohamad said: “The prime minister and deputy prime minister were before exempted from declaring their assets and income but now everybody have to declare.
“Now public servants including politicians have to declare their assets. The prime minister being the most powerful person if exempted will act according to his whims and fancies,” he said.
He also said, the Special Cabinet Committee on Anti-Corruption is chaired by Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and others include Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail; Minister of Economy, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali; Minister of Defence, Mohamad Sabu; Minister of Finance Lim Guan Eng and Minister of Home Affairs Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
The committee is led by Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed, Head of the National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption (GIACC).
He added, a lot of efforts have been planned to reduce corruption practices among public servants but to eliminate it to 100 percent is “impossible”.
Meanwhile the overwhelming number of foreign ambassadors and people from all walks of life present at the Ministry of Defence Hari Raya Aidilfitri event today has made Mohamad the happiest person.
He said, the presence of many foreign ambassadors – the biggest number compared to previous years showed that they wanted to have closer ties with Malaysia.
“The presence of many guests today really made us happy. Even though it was organised towards the end of Aidilfitri but still the spirit of bonding “silatulrahim” was very strong among the people,” he said.
About 5,000 people attended the event. Among those present were the Ministry’s staff, Armed Forces personnel, guests and media practitioners.
The event also witnessed Mohamad distributing “gifts” to 50 children from Rumah Amal Asnaf Al-Barkh and 15 single mothers of PUSPANITA. – Malaysia World News