KUCHING: The Sarawak government will not lag behind in the efforts to achieve a virtuous, ethical and integrity-driven society.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said it has always been the state’s vision to build a transparent and corruption-free state within Malaysia.

“Sarawak is very serious in uplifting the integrity of its people and contain corruption in all social strata.

“These efforts pioneered by our previous leaders are now being strengthened by our current leaders.

Awang Tengah (right) shakes hand with K. Pathmanathan, speaker of the ‘Corporate Liability On Corruption’ seminar while another speaker Jayantha (left) looks on.

“One of our chief minister’s (Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg) earliest undertakings to develop a culture of integrity in the state was the introduction of Integrity and Ombudsman portfolio,” he said when officiating at a seminar on corporate liability held at Pullman Hotel here yesterday.

Awang Tengah explained other initiatives had also been done, including the establishment of State Ombudsman and Integrity Unit, training Certified Integrity Officers (CeIO), providing Corruption Risk Management (CRM) plans, preparing Organisational Anti-Corruption Plan (OACP), and certification of ISO 37001: 2016 (Anti-Bribery Management System.

“These efforts were well received where a few of the initiatives had become a benchmark for other states to follow.”

Awang Tengah receives his ‘Corporate Liability On Corruption’ seminar certificate from Dayang Nena.

Awang Tengah, who is also Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC) chairman, explained the seminar was to introduce a new provision of the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Act 2018 to directors and management team of STIDC; to familiarise them with key features of the new provision and its implications and also to enhance an anti-bribery programme that is able to prevent, detect, and address bribery risks in an organisation.

“The organisation of this seminar bears testimony to STIDC’s serious commitment to embed a high integrity work culture across the board,” he added.

Awang Tengah (seated centre) with (from left) Deputy State Secretary Datuk Mohamad Abu Bakar Marzuki, Assistant Minister of Urban Development and Resources Datuk Len Talif Salleh, Minister in Chief Minister’s Department (Integrity and Ombudsman) Datuk Talib Zulpilip, Assistant Minister of International Trade and Industry, Industry Terminal and Entrepreneur Development Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais, STIDC deputy general manager Dayang Nena Abang Bruce and Jayantha with seminar participants.