‘Zero tolerance for corruption’
THE Minister of Energy and Industry at the Prime Minister’s Office reminded international companies operating in Brunei not to interfere with investigations on corruption charges.
Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar yesterday reaffirmed the government’s zero tolerance towards corruption, adding that there is no place for those who commit such crime anywhere in Brunei.
The minister was speaking on the sidelines of Total E&P BV’s 25th anniversary at its onshore processing plant in Lumut.
Corruption, he said, could rob away opportunities for the country to further improve and move forward.
With corruption in place, the minister said opportunities could be taken away as the money embezzled could be costly.
For example, he said that $300,000 per month could rob 500 to 600 job opportunities from the country.
The minister noted that there have also been corruption cases involving international operators being heard in the court, but he also added that there are a few which are still being investigated.
“That is why I do not want any interference from any international companies to these investigations,” said the minister.
The minister likened corruption to a disease. “If we do not cure corruption now, it will destroy the very fabric of our society,” he said.
“We need a clean workforce, especially those that abide by our Malay Muslim Monarchy (MIB) principles.”
The Brunei Times