CORRUPTION RISK MANAGEMENT, STRENGTHEN THE INTEGRITY UNITS
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) through one of its communication arm, the Anti-Corruption and Ethics (ACE) Centre, is conducting a series of workshops on Corruption Risk Management for Integrity Units in all ministries, corporate bodies and government-link companies as part of an effort towards corruption prevention.
The first workshop was conducted at the Ministry of Education (MOE) where MACC ERM Project leader, Raja Khan Raja Ahmad and trainer/facilitator Teh Chau Chin as well as Ahmad Ariff Mahidin, were invited to assist the Integrity Unit of MOE in CRM training and corruption risk assessment workshop facilitation.
These series of workshops follow the decision made at the Jawatankuasa Integriti dan Tadbir Urus (JITU) Meeting, where the Minister in the Prime Minister’s office, YB Senator Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan, indicated that the Integrity Units of the Malaysian Ministries are to conduct a corruption risk assessment.
The Agency Integrity Management Division of MACC under the direction of MACC Chief Commissioner, Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed, will be organizing more risk assessment trainings to the Heads of Integrity Unit, where the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) project team will also include the corruption risk assessment training and facilitate the risk discussion workshops.
Meanwhile the purpose of the training and workshop at MOE that involved the heads of divisions, was to identify the critical corruption risks of each divisions of the MOE. The risks were ranked according to high, significant, moderate, or low and outline the risk action plans to be developed to mitigate the risks.
The CRM is one of the key components of the MACC anti-corruption framework which could be used for both public and private sectors. It helps to identify structural weaknesses that may facilitate corruption, provides a framework to identify risk factors and treatments, and embeds corruption prevention within a well-established governance framework.
A risk management approach is the most appropriate way to ensure that these risks are identified and effectively managed.
“Corruption risks can exist at all levels of an agency and can potentially involve any internal or external stakeholders.
“Hence, the agencies are responsible to ensure that the corruption risks are minimised with the assistance and advice from the MACC,” said Raja Khan Raja Ahmad who led the MACC team during the facilitation session with the Ministry of Education.
Other members of the Inspection and Consultation Division and the ACE Centre who attended the two-day training and workshop with the Ministry included Zakiah Hassan and Datin Radhika Nandrajog.
The Ministry’s Chief Integrity Officer, Wan Yusoff Wan Ibrahim and the Internal Audit Manager, Teh Kamsiah Ahmad Amiruddin @ Amir were also present to lead the discussion and share their views on the risks and to propose plan of actions.
All divisions and units under the Ministry presented their potential corruption risk areas, while the ERM team would advise them on how to close any loopholes and opportunity to corruption. Action plans are outlined to address these risks from occurring or fix the ones that are already happening.
The Integrity Unit of the ministry is tasked to ensure that the corruption risks are addressed effectively. It is also tasked upon the unit to strengthen the information on the corruption risks of the ministries by providing the relevant supporting information on corruption prevention.
The MACC team also has undertaken this exercise with other Ministries including the Ministry of Works and Ministry of Transport, and of course within MACC itself.
The MACC ERM Project Team is part of the Private Sector Department under the Inspection and Consultancy Division.