PUTRAJAYA: The Department of Standards Malaysia, in collaboration with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), today launched the Anti-Bribery Management System (ABMS) based on the ISO 37001:2016 Malaysian Standard.
The ABMS is aimed at guiding and assisting organisations in implementing and improving their anti-bribery management system.
Deputy chief commissioner (prevention) Shamshun Baharin Mohd Jamil said the system was implemented as an anti-bribery standard for all parties, especially commercial organisations, in preparing for the implementation of the corporate liability provisions in the proposed amendments to the MACC Act 2009.
He said under the law of corporate liability, the company would be held responsible if an employee gave bribes to obtain business projects or benefits on behalf of the company.
“At present, only individuals involved in corruption will be prosecuted if they are guilty while companies are not responsible for the crime.
“This amendment is to ensure that if an employee takes a bribe, the company will also be prosecuted,” he said when speaking at the launch and MS ISO 37001 seminar here today.
He said the amendment would make companies more responsible, adding that it was the start of transformation in the business sector.
MACC has also applied for the ISO 37001 standard to be used as the Malaysian Standard.
Shamshun said this would provide confidence to customers and the public in general regarding efforts taken by the government.
It would also act as a gauge for an organisation to implement an effective and proactive anti-bribery system in the fight against corruption.
“In addition to enhancing the image and integrity of organisations that adhere to this standard, it is important to have governance that has integrity, as corruption is a symptom that can undermine the people’s quality of life and competitiveness of the nation,” he said.
Meanwhile Department of Standards director-general Fadilah Baharin said the Malaysian Standard document can be purchased in hard copy or soft copy directly from the department.