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SEC takes on Corruption-Free Pledge

8th December, 2017

By DK RYNI QAREENA

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Energy Corporation Sdn Bhd (SEC) has taken the Corruption-Free Pledge with Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to strengthen the integrity and fight corruption.

Its Chief Executive Officer Datuk Hj Harun Hj Ismail said it proved the continuous effort of SEC towards creating and developing a corruption-free culture among its members.

“Among the programmes that SEC has implemented to retain high integrity and corruption-free members are the signing of Corporate Integrity Pledge (CIP) on June 28, 2013 to support the government’s initiative in preventing and eradicating corruption.

“We were one of the first state agencies to sign the CIP during the time,” he said during the ceremony yesterday. Harun added that an Ethics and Governance Task Force was formed during the 111th Management Meeting on Oct 2013 followed by the approval of Code of Ethics and Business Conduct (CEBC) and Whistle Blower Policy by SEC Board of Directors on Dec 12, 2014.

On Jan 30, 2015, all SEC staff signed the CEBC form, he disclosed.

“The Board Constituted Committee on Governance and Ethics which was made up of several SEC members of Board of Directors was developed on May 19, 2015, during the 89th Board Meeting.

“From June until July 2015, the ‘Integrity Pact’ was signed by all staff, board of directors, customers, suppliers, distributors and contractors while on July 1, 2015, SEC management had made property declaration,” he noted.

According to Harun, the company has also organized a few series of awareness talks and lectures to its staff on integrity since 2015 and three employees have been registered for the ‘Certified Integrity Officer’ course at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Academy.

“With these, we hope to strengthen the company’s integrity and we hope to receive full cooperation from MACC as we would also provide uncompromised support to any initiatives of MACC,” he asserted.

The ceremony was witnessed by MACC Sabah deputy director Zulkefle Abd Hamid who reminded SEC staff to practice what they preach when signing the pledge which aimed to foster public support against corruption.

“I hope that when you have pledged, you will not be involved in corruption; let it be receiving gratification, offering gratification, presenting false claim nor using your position for the benefit of yourselves or your significant others,” he said.

He added that the penalty for corruption offences are imprisonment of not less than 20 years and a fine not less than five times the value of gratification which is the subject matter of the offence, or RM10,000, whichever is higher.

Apart from the pledge, Zulkefle noted that MACC has taken other initiatives including the Gerakan Revolusi Anti Rasuah (GERAH) which was launched on May 8 followed by Sahabat Gerah on Aug 1 this year.

“They will be the eyes and ears of MACC,” he said, adding that members would have benefits that include discounts on several premises.

Also present yesterday were SEC Chairman Datuk Au Kam Wah, Deputy Chairman Datuk Kadoh Agundong, Board of Members Datuk Asnimar Sukardi, Datuk Bruno Vun and Datuk Donald Peter Mojuntin.

   
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