Wednesday August 1, 2012
MACC hopes to work hand-in-hand with private sector
By ZAZALI MUSA
JOHOR BARU: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) hopes the private sector will work hand-in-hand with it to combat corruption in the business world.
Deputy chief commissioner (prevention) Datuk Sutinah Sutan said this could be done by practising the Corporate Integrity Pledge (CIP) in their companies.
She said the MACC’s CIP was launched in late 2010; about 103 domestic and foreign companies including Government-linked companies have signed the pledge.
“Although the CIP is unilateral, the initiative taken by the those who signed is commendable as they know that corruption is intolerable,’’ said Sutinah.
She said by signing the pledge, companies were making a committment to wipe out corruption elements within their organisations and when dealing with third parties.
Sutinah said this after witnessing the signing of the CIP by PIJ Holdings Sdn Bhd and its subsidiaries by its general manager Abdul Rashid Sihes.
She said PIJ Holdings was the first company in Johor to sign the CIP and hoped more businesses and companies in the state would come forward to make a similar move.
Sutinah said the country’s business environment should be free from any forms of corruption elements to create a clean and transparent situation.
“A clean and transparent business environment is vital as this is one of the things that foreign investors are looking for when investing in a country,’’ added Sutinah.
She said when corruption and related elements were part of business dealings such as acquiring licences or permits, consumers would be burdened as business operators would eventually pass the cost to them.
Sutinah said corruption was a two-way street involving a giver and a taker without which it would not happen in the first place.
Similarly, she also reminded the civil servants to decline gifts and invitations to lunch or dine at hotels or restaurants from the third parties whom have official business dealings with them.
“By doing so, you will be obliged to return the favours to these people. When in doubt, always ask your heads of department,’’ said Sutinah.
She also advised the Government departments and agencies to be more careful when accepting sponsorships or hospitality treats for their in-house events such as family days as these could also lead to corruption.