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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 6, 2015:

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan today suggested that companies free from corruption in their respective businesses should be given recognition in the form of reward or award.

Low said this was among the initiatives being analysed by the government in creating surroundings that had integrity.

However, he did not explain what form of reward or award was appropriate. It is understood the matter was still being researched.

Low, who is responsible for the management and integrity portfolio, said companies that prioritised the aspects of being corruption-free and practising the culture of integrity, should be given necessary recognition.

“In the same way we take action against companies that commit bribery offences, companies that don’t practise bribery in their business dealings should be recognised,” he said at Matrade here today.

He said this in his speech when launching the Anti-Corruption and Ethics (ACE) Centre, an advice service centre that functions under the supervision of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Low said the launch of ACE was a starting point in creating an atmosphere in Malaysia that was free from bribery in the long term.

In his speech, Low also urged the private sector to practise the approach and new ways to run businesses that prioritised the habit of avoiding bribery.

“It is time that the private sector consider practising new approaches in conducting business that was similar to practices of other countries,” he said.

Present at ACE’s launch ceremony were MACC deputy chief (prevention) Datuk Mustafar Ali and chief executive of the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Datuk Seri Prof Dr Judin Abdul Karim.

In conjunction with the launch, the ceremony also witnessed a signing ceremony to mark the partnership between the Global Infrastructure Anti-Corruption Centre (GIACC) that is headquartered in United Kingdom and CIDB Holdings Sdn Bhd.

The partnership, or alliance, was the first step towards efforts to increase efforts to combat bribery in Malaysia that was also in line with the formation of the Anti-Corruption Coalition for the Construction Industry by the Public Works Ministry.

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