Tuesday October 16, 2012
Raising awareness of corruption
By VANES DEVINDRAN
KUCHING: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) here will be reaching out to more private companies to spread awareness of corruption and what it entails.
MACC Sarawak assistant commissioner Mohd Nor Ali said of all the invitations for the commission to hold seminars, the majority were from government departments and agencies.
As such, he said, MACC would be getting in touch with corporate bodies and institutions in the private sector to work out a programme for their employees.
“From January to September this year, we have held 115 seminars all over Sarawak . Last year, we held some 150 seminars. So I believe we can achieve more or less the same number this year. The seminars were also held in schools,” he said during a round-table discussion with the media here yesterday.
Mohd Nor said based on feedback the seminars had positive impact on its audience.
He said overall, many suggested that MACC held more talks and included more organisations and schools as corruption was a pertinent subject that could cause the downfall of a nation. As such, he said MACC would continue to spread the awareness of the crime and its detrimental effects on society.
“If we cannot hold seminars for the whole staff, then we will target ‘key communicators’, who are the top bosses in the company and they will pass on the message to the rest of their downliners,” he said.
The discussion was also informed that MACC would be embarking on an understanding with private companies whereby an MACC representative would often come in to check on things within the particular organisation. A memorandum of understanding would be signed between both parties to create gauging system similar to that of a Key Performance Index (KPI) so the organisation would constantly be on its toes in regards to stamping out corruption.