KUCHING: Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) is committed to creating a corruption-free environment by continuing to embed integrity into its organisational culture by creating awareness through programmes, processes and initiatives and policies.
The corporation recently organised an e-session on governance and compliance to raise awareness on the importance of upholding good corporate governance practices with Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said the Sarawak 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 June 1, which now imposes liability on businesses for any misconduct by persons related to the same business.
Sarawak Energy Group chief executive officer, Datuk Sharbini Suhaili, emphasised the importance of strong corporate governance in response to the legal requirement for greater transparency and the demand for higher standards of behaviour 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.
The energy developer and power utility conducts trainings for employees to create awareness and enhance their understanding of the new Malaysian anti-corruption laws and how to prevent bribery in the workplace. This is part of inculcating integrity firmly into the organisational behaviour under the corporation’s core values ― Courage, Unity, Respect, Integrity and Accountability.
Earlier this year, SEB 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 percent with all employees signing their commitment.
SEB also launched its Zero Tolerance to Fraud Campaign in 2017 during which the Fraud Risk Management Framework and Fraud Control Policy was rolled out.
The corporation has also put in place a whistleblower policy to further strengthen its corporate governance towards zero-corruption at the workplace.