29 July 2014

Malaysia's MICCI and MACC agree to cooperate on combating corruption

The Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MICCI) and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) have agreed to partner to combat corruption and enhance good governance and integrity in the private sector.

MICCI is Malaysia’s longest established trade association. The Chamber’s President, Simon Whitelaw, said corruption can only be addressed through concerted efforts involving various parties and stakeholders.

"We agree with the statement by Deputy Chief Commissioner (Prevention), Datuk Mustafar Ali that we need concerted efforts. To this end, MICCI is pleased and is willing to cooperate with the MACC to achieve this objective," he said.

"MICCI is witness to the comprehensive transformation programme currently being undertaken and the various initiatives that have been introduced including creating partnerships with various stakeholders, including the private sector," 
Stewart Forbes, MICCI's Executive Director said.
MICCI has recommended three proposals to be included in the 11th Malaysia Plan, which is currently being formulated by the government. Strengthening the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 and the MACC, as well as providing comprehensive education programmes were among the recommendations.

MICCI also announced in June 2014 the establishment of a Business Ethics Award, to recognise companies who demonstrate exceptional progress in promoting good governance, ethical business and anti corruption compliance throughout their business.

Meanwhile, Datuk Mustafar said that the MACC welcomes the commitment rendered by the MICCI, which is one of the five founder members of the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (NCCIM).

The other four members of National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia are the Malay Chamber of Commerce Malaysia, the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia, the Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia and the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM).

"The fight against corruption requires a holistic approach including the support from all parties, especially the private sector. Thus, the commitment by MICCI is indeed a good example. We will make the best of this opportunity to achieve a common goal," he said.

According to Datuk Mustafar, the MACC will take efforts to introduce more than 30 initiatives developed through the MACC transformation programme to members of the MICCI.

These includes creating partnerships and promoting the involvement of stakeholders in the program organised by the MACC.

"Similarly, the MACC is open to suggestions and input from the private sector," he said.

Mustafar said the Corporate Integrity Pledge (CIP), the Certified Integrity Officer program and the module on private sector investigation are among the initiatives that can be leveraged by the private sector. He said that the MACC would also take similar steps to foster ties at the state level.