CYBERJAYA, Dec 13 – Culturing integrity should start from young, said the Regent of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah today.
He said integrity was the ability to do the right thing, although it might be a trivial matter such as taking an office pencil or paper home.
“In empowering the image of the nation, integrity is not an option but a necessity.
“Therefore, a government could not be defended without a culture of high integrity as corruption and abuse of power are not the act of one person, but it represents the weakness of a government.
“The presence or absence of integrity influences the form and image of a nation,” he said when speaking at the Inland Revenue Board Integrity Convention here today.
Raja Nazrin said integrity was a pre-requisite for a clean, efficient and trustworthy administration.
He said temptation could erode human integrity in the world, more so with various attractions which were difficult to reject.
“Temptations can be in the form of rank or title, money, beautiful women, precious stones like diamonds, holiday and tours, luxury condominiums, and worse, if they include religious packages, breaking of fast at five-star hotels, as well as sponsorship for umrah and pilgrimage,” he said.
Raja Nazrin regretted that corruption was being seen as an acceptable norm of business and an administrative culture to facilitate work. – Bernama