SEDC aims to adopt anti-bribery system

SEDC Chairman, Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Husain (seated) sharing light moments with general manager Abdul Hadi Datuk Abdul Kadir (3rd left) at the Organizational Anti-Corruption Plan (OACP) Workshop 2020 closing ceremony.

KUCHING, Sept 11: Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) together with its subsidiaries aims to adopt the Anti-Bribery Management System (ABMS) in its fight against corruption and to strengthen corporate governance.

SEDC chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Abdul Aziz Husain believed that the system would complement its existing internal policies and better address issues that are related to malpractices detected within the organisation.

“We are looking into the use of ABMS under the ISO 37001 which is an international standard that will enable us to prevent, detect and address corruption issues by adopting an anti-bribery policy. This initiatives are part of SEDC’s continuous efforts to strengthen its commitment towards corporate governance among its staff and subsidiaries in order to fulfil our stakeholders’ expectations as well as to deliver the various projects entrusted to us by the State Government,” he said on the use of the globally recognised digital system which had been utilised by governments and corporate organisations worldwide.

Speaking at the Organisational Anti-Corruption (OACP) Workshop 2020 closing ceremony today, Abdul Aziz pointed that the workshop is in line with the state government’s call for its machineries to have their own OACP which is in tandem with the National Anti-Corruption Plan (NACP) that was launched in January last year.

He added that SEDC will be relying on the OACP to ensure the effectiveness of their fight against malpractices head-on and to demonstrate to others of the commitment in stamping out corruption.

Earlier in his welcoming speech, SEDC general manager Abdul Hadi Datuk Abdul Kadir has called on the agency’s staff to work together in delivering quality services and projects beyond the stakeholders’ expectations.

“There must be concerted efforts on our part to deliver quality services and projects that are not affected by any malpractices that may compromise good corporate governance and tarnish SEDC’s public image.

“Being one of the state’s government implementing agencies, SEDC must fulfil both its corporate governance obligations while complying with the various regulations including having a good system that is designed to assist us to combat risks in our own operations and throughout the value chains,” Abdul Hadi said.

The three-day event was organised by the Integrity and Ombudsman Unit (UNION) of Sarawak’s Chief Minister Office (CMO) in collaboration with the organisation’s Integrity and Risk Management Unit (IRMU).—DayakDaily