In 2018, Transparency International’s survey revealed that Malaysia scored 47 points*, and that puts Malaysia at 61st over 180 countries.
In combating corruption, on 10 Dec 2018, in pursuant to subsection (5) of Section 17A of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 (Act 694) (MACC Act 2009), Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced the launch of Guidelines on Adequate Procedures (GAP) that will take effect from 1 June 2020. If an organization fails to prove that adequate procedures are in place to detect, prevent and respond to bribery cases, prosecution can take place. Aside from hefty fines and penalties, the organization may even suffer reputational damage.
* The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks (CPI) countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. A score of 0 (highly corrupted) to 100 (very clean) indicates the scale of corruption.
Promoted by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), ISO 37001:2016 Anti-bribery Management Systems can act as a measure for an organization to implement an effective and proactive anti-corruption system in addressing corruption. This standard can be implemented in all types of organizations whether it involves both private and government companies, from small, medium to large scale.
- What is Bribery
- What is GAP in pursuant to MACC Act 2009
- What is ISO 37001:2016 that is designed to prevent, detect and respond to bribery