Today, customers demand fast, efficient and quality service in a conducive environment, when dealing with the Government. Effective and optimum use of information and communication technology (ICT) will definitely contribute towards improving the quality of the public service delivery system. Before we go any further, it would be useful to establish common ground in our understanding of the operative term, INTEGRITY, for the purpose of our discussion tonight. Integrity, can be defined as “continuous adherence to moral principles, honesty, wholeness, the quality of being unimpaired; soundness”. The Malaysian Integrity Institute or IIM defines integrity as wholesome attributes of an individual or organisation based on values such as honesty, trustworthiness, fairness, competence, transparency and accountability.
When we deliberate the topic of integrity, the general take is to link integrity to corruption. The level of corruption is a reflection of the state of integrity of a public service and the effectiveness of its delivery systems. But integrity is more than just fighting against corruption. Integrity lies in the conduct of both institutions and individuals. It can be reflected in the implementation of control mechanisms and level of compliance with prescribed rules as mandated by an institution. It is also evident in the conduct of public officers in the execution of their duties. Delivering services with a sense of urgency is as much a matter of integrity as it is to ensure the proper execution of a tender process for procurement of goods and services. Likewise the case of staff manning counters – providing services to our customers within the time and quality standards promised in the client’s charter, service with a smile, also reflects integrity. On the other hand not taking action to improve work processes when there is room for us to do so is a reflection of a lack of integrity. Therefore integrity, or the lack thereof, is demonstrated in all dimensions of our actions whether at the organisational or individual level. And, this applies to both civilian and military services.