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Minister: Leaders with Integrity Will Ensure Good Governance

BINTULU: Great leaders with high integrity will ensure the success of public governance leading to greater growth politically, economically and socially, says Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Integrity and Ombudsman) Datuk Talib Zulpilip.

According to him, integrity is very easily understood but when it comes into practice, it is hard.

People do talk about integrity but they don’t observe and much less, practise it; this is where the good and the bad leaders determine the glory or the failure of the nation, he spoke at the closing of National Poetry Day 2018 (HPN) programme themed ‘Integrity Drives the Shape of the Nation’ in Kampung Jepak community hall on Saturday evening.

Talib, who is Jepak assemblyman, said to uphold the concept of integrity especially in public governance, everyone must play their roles and responsibilities effectively.

It is not the responsibility of the government or chief minister alone; it is our mutual responsibility. Thus, he regarded the HPN programme here this year with the theme related to the concept of integrity as being ‘timely’ in promoting integrity and its practice not only in public governance but also across all levels in society.

The three-day HPN 2018 gathered over 300 participants from Malaysia and other neighbouring countries. Minister of Welfare, Community Well Being, Women, Family and Childhood Development Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah represented Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg in officiating at the opening ceremony at Kemena Plaza Hotel here.

The Sarawak government, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) and Federation of National Writers’ Associations Malaysia (Gapena) jointly conducted the programme.

Meanwhile, Gapena chief 1 Datuk Zainal Abidin Borhan said the 21st HPN programme in Johor would be held in 2020 to mark the federation’s 50th anniversary. Gapena was established Oct 23, 1970.

He said Gapena, in collaboration with DBP, would continue to run activities aimed at upholding the usage of Bahasa Melayu and further promoting Malay literature works, especially among the younger generation.


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