Dato’ Seri Ismail Sabri Bin Yaakob graduated from the Faculty of Law, Universiti Malaya in 1980. His compassion towards people helps his career as the Minister of Rural and Regional Development, Malaysia. Dato’ Seri Ismail Sabri mentioned that integrity is very important for him because it is the foundation of leadership. In addition, it is the basic foundation that makes him a better person, a good worker and a good minister. “We can succeed, and the success may come and go, but integrity is forever.” mentioned Dato’ Seri Ismail Sabri. The intellect says “integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching”. In addition, Dato’ Seri Ismail Sabri follows the teaching of prophet Muhammad. The prophet Muhammad says the sign of a hypocrite are three things:
– When he speaks, he lies.
– When he makes a promise, he breaks it and when he is charged with a trust, he deceived.
Dato’ Seri Ismail Sabri is a strong believer of integrity. Hence, he makes sure that his leaders and workers in his ministry are working with integrity. In addition, he only leads people if they have trust in him. He strongly believes that when he loses people’s trust, he will lose it all. Hence, integrity gives him the confidence and working with integrity makes him a better decision maker in his organisation.
Key Contributions of Integrity Dato’ Seri Ismail Sabri feels that the quality of leadership is very important, and will definitely contribute to integrity. As a leader, he ensures the quality of leadership in the ministry is consistent. In the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development, there are 12 values and work culture that includes:
8. Work Immediately
12. Good faith
In addition, integrity is also contributed through a good working environment. There is a good working environment at the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development (KKLW). All employees have strong cooperation with all employees under different ministries. In addition, they have a smart partnership with all the ministries. To strengthen the administration, they conduct the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) program. Dato’ Seri Ismail Sabri fully understands that effective leadership and positive organisational cultures enable the implementation of good governance system and to empower employee integrity.
Uplift Integrity and Promote Integrity Several strategies were applied by the ministry to promote integrity. First, each year they would conduct three meetings of the Integrity and Governance Committee (JITU). This meeting is very important because during this meeting, they discuss client complaints and all integrity issues at the ministry level. In addition, the ministry also gives full cooperation with Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and from time to time they would conduct training and integrity workshops under the integrity unit. In the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development, they have a client charter and complaint management system to improve customer satisfaction and integrity in the ministry.
• Corporate Integrity Pledge (CIP) 2016
• Corruption Risk Management (CRM) workshop
• Corruption Free Pledge
The goals and objectives of all these programs are to reduce corruption. The minister is passionate towards the progress of the ministry. He wants to increase efficiency in the public delivery at all agencies under the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development.
Lastly, the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development would continue to promote integrity through awareness campaigns and integrity workshops and integrity in house training programs. All these efforts would increase the efficiency and effectiveness
of the ministry.
Conclusion Integrity –
It is all about the leader. The Ministry of Rural and Regional Development is very fortunate to have a responsible and high integrity leader who continuously promote and strive for the best in the ministry.