By Ashley Sim
KUCHING, Nov 8: Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg says that the Premier’s Department is currently implementing the Anti-Bribery Management System (ABMS) in accordance with ISO 37001 in an effort to combat corruption.
This was stated today by Abang Johari in his text of speech, which was read by the Minister for Utility and Telecommunication (MUT) Sarawak Datuk Julaihi Narawi, who represented Abang Johari at the Domestic Gas Lab and memorandum of understanding (MOU) document exchange ceremony held earlier at a local hotel.
“This is the State’s commitment to fighting corruption, as well as our effort to further cultivate the value of integrity and best practices of good governance,” Julaihi said, quoting Abang Johari’s speech.
He also congratulated the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) on obtaining the ABMS ISO 37001 certification from SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd.
ABMS ISO 37001 is designed to help companies prevent, detect, and respond to bribery incidences.
The certification includes requirements and guidance for establishing, implementing, maintaining, and improving an anti-bribery management system.
“SEDC’s success demonstrates the State government’s commitment to maintaining civil servant integrity,” he added.
Meanwhile, at the press conference following the ceremony, SEDC chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Abdul Aziz Husain stated that the company is proud to be one of the first organisations to adopt the ABMS.
“We have set a good example, and we hope that other organisations will follow suit,” Abdul Aziz noted.
Furthermore, SIRIM Group and chief executive officer (CEO) Datuk Indera Dr Ahmad Sabirin Arshad mentioned that, in addition to the Premier’s Department, other ministries are also working to implement ABMS.
Ahmad Sabirin disclosed that it is now a requirement for all companies and organisations to embrace the certificate in order to protect themselves and uphold best practices and integrity to the highest standard possible.
“And, as the Premier mentioned, he has taken a step forward by requiring all ministries in Sarawak to obtain the ABMS certification,” he remarked. — DayakDaily