KUALA LUMPUR, 1st March 2019 – As it has been proven time and again in recent years, when corrupt practices take root, chaos reigns, wreaking havoc in organisations, communities and countries alike. Former US Vice President Joe Biden calls corruption “a cancer that eats away at a citizen’s faith in democracy, diminishes the instinct for innovation and creativity. It wastes the talent of entire generations. It scares away investments and jobs.”

How then, can this disease be combatted when it has become, not just a widespread problem but a way of life? That’s what an event jointly organised by The Iclif Leadership and Governance Centre – Asia’s only organisation dedicated to leadership development and corporate governance – and the Malaysian Institute of Integrity (INTEGRITI) seeks to answer.

“Let’s Get Real on Anti-Bribery” was held on 1st March 2019 at the Conference Hall in Sasana Kijang, 2 Jalan Dato Onn, Kuala Lumpur.

Called “Let’s Get Real” on Anti-Bribery – Cultivating a Culture of Integrity Across the Nation, this program seeks to create awareness on the wide-ranging impact of bribery on individuals, companies, society and the nation. It will feature a host of luminaries including:

Richard Bistrong, former member and Secretary General of OECD’s High-Level Advisory Group on Integrity and Anti-Corruption and current CEO of Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC, a consultancy dedicated to assisting organisations with anti-bribery compliance challenges;

Tan Sri Haji Abu Kassim Mohammed, presently the Director General at the National Centre for Governance, Integrity & Anti-Corruption in the Prime Minister’s Office, who has been actively involved in both domestic and international anti-corruption work for over 32 years;

Puan Nor’afiza Saim, Deputy CEO of The Malaysian Institute of Integrity, who specialises in implementing anti-bribery management systems and has over 28 years of cross-border experience in the field of audit, certification and execution of effective management systems.

Through a thought-provoking presentation and discussions, the talk provides practical steps towards cultivating a culture of integrity by ensuring the right structures, policies and procedures are put in place, then driven by individuals, corporates, civil society groups and the government to bring about a holistic and sustainable transformation.

Pn Nor’afiza, in her statement focused on the role and functions of INTEGRITI to support the nation in realising the objective to become a nation known for its integrity, and not for its corruption.

In addition, the Institute also has been given the mandate to enhance the competency and the capacity amongst the public and private sector on integrity, anti-corruption and governance.