SEB committed to zero-corruption in conducting businesses

Datu Sharbini Suhaili.

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KUCHING, Aug 14: Sarawak Energy is committed towards a corruption-free environment by continuing to embed integrity into its organisational culture by creating awareness through programmes, processes and initiatives and formulating policy.

According to Sarawak Energy Group Chief Executive Officer Datuk Sharbini Suhaili, SEB emphasised the importance of strong corporate governance in response to the legal requirement for greater transparency and the demand for higher standards of behavior from businesses and their employees.

“As a company entrusted with the responsibility to power the growth of Sarawak and its people, we must conduct our business with the highest level of integrity.

“At Sarawak Energy, we have made it very clear that there is no room for non-compliance with our Code of Ethics. Anyone found guilty of misconduct will face disciplinary consequences,” he said in a press statement today.

Sharbini pointed out that SEB also holds training for employees to create awareness and enhance their understanding of the new Malaysian anti-corruption laws and how to prevent bribery in the workplace.

He said this is part of inculcating integrity firmly into the organisational behaviour under the corporation’s core values, namely Courage, Unity, Respect, Integrity and Accountability.

“Earlier this year, Sarawak Energy launched a group-wide campaign for all-staff to sign an integrity pledge to ensure awareness on the importance of integrity as a core value, reaching a success rate of 100 per cent with all employees signing their commitment.

“SEB has also launched Sarawak Energy’s Zero Tolerance to Fraud Campaign in 2017 during which the Fraud Risk Management Framework and Fraud Control Policy was rolled out, including placing a Whistleblower Policy to further strengthen its corporate governance towards zero-corruption at the workplace,” he added.

He further explained that each employee is bound by its Code of Ethics which serves as a guide on what constitutes good conduct.

As part of the continuing campaign, he said, the corporation organised an e-session on Governance and Compliance recently to raise awareness on the importance of upholding good corporate governance practices with specially invited guest speaker from Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Sarawak’s Deputy Director of Prevention, Chang Ching.

At the event, Chang shared updates on corruption and corporate liability under the new Section 17A of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Act 2009 (Amendment 2018) that came into force on 1 June 2020 which now imposes liability on businesses for any misconduct by persons related to the same business.

Also present were Sarawak Energy Chairman Datuk Amar Abdul Hamed Sepawi, Sarawak Energy Board Member Datuk Seri Fong Joo Chong; Sarawak Energy Senior Vice President for Legal and Enterprise Risk, Nooruddin Liew Abdullah as well as members of the senior management team and more than 200 of the corporation’s employees.—DayakDaily