Special Article related to anti-corruption and integrity to be included in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) are among the five resolutions passed at the Special Symposium for Governance and Anti-Corruption

JOINT STATEMENT


The Union Network International-Malaysia Labour Centre (UNI-MLC) and The Center to
Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4 Center) along with the support of Rasuah Busters
organised the Special Symposium for Governance and Anti-Corruption in Kuala Lumpur on
Tuesday, 16 November, 2021, which was attended by over 60 leaders of union networks
under the umbrella of UNI-MLC. The symposium reached a consensus to mobilise efforts
and resources at all levels to nurture a corruption-free Malaysian society that is rich in
integrity and one that upholds good governance.


UNI-MLC and C4 Center are of the view that fellow employees should play a critical role and
come together to realise their ambitions, aspirations and hopes of the country becoming
corruption-free and achieving high levels of integrity.
This Special Symposium for Governance and Anti-Corruption is one of three programmes
resulting from the collaboration between UNI-MLC and C4 Center since both parties became
members of the Coalition of the Willing Rasuah Busters.

The symposium set the following prerequisites:

  1. Acknowledge that corruption, integrity and good governance are salient issues which
    must be addressed urgently, holistically and continuously.
  2. Demand that efforts need to be ramped up at all levels to combat corruption and
    promote practices of integrity and good governance holistically and in totality, as well
    as effectively.
  3. Take into consideration that every workplace organisation, be it the public or private
    sector, should continue to prioritise programmes that create a corruption-free
    Malaysian society that practises high values of integrity and which prioritises good
    governance.
  4. Emphasise that organisational leadership, whether by the government, employers or
    unions, needs to carry out an effective role that sets the course for the creation of a
    corruption-free Malaysian society that practises high values of integrity and which
    prioritises good governance.
  5. Employees as the main stakeholders, do have and must play an effective role and be
    given the space to shape Malaysia as a country free of corruption with high integrity
    values and which prioritises good governance.

    In relation to that, the Special Symposium for Governance and Anti-Corruption held on 16
    November 2021 had decided on the following matters which must be urgently
    executed:

    1. The Collective Bargaining Agreement should include a special Article that would
    reflect strong commitment by both employers and employees to develop a
    corruption-free Malaysian society that possesses a high level of integrity and which
    prioritises good governance

    2. Every employer, be it from the government sector, statutory bodies or private sector,
    must create an Organisational Anti-Corruption Plan (OACP) within their respective
    entities in line with the National Anti-Corruption Plan (NACP) requirements

    3. Every organisation must set up a Joint Employer-Employee Committee which serves
    to monitor and ensure that good governance practices and integrity values are
    executed within their entity at all times

    4. Every entity to introduce whistleblower channels according to their organisational
    structure and prepare adequate training programmes to ensure the effective use of
    those information channels

    5. Urge the government to expedite the much-needed amendments to Malaysia’s
    Whistleblower Protection Act 2010 to ensure sufficient protection is given to
    employees who supply information regarding corruption at the workplace to the
    authorities

    UNI-MLC and C4 Center believe that the combined and collective efforts of employees in the
    country, which total to over 16 million or 50% of the total population, can be a catalyst for
    holistic change to occur if they are all united on anti-corruption efforts, thus freeing Malaysia
    from any unsavoury practices of corruption and lack of integrity.

    Employers and employees can play a big role in bringing about a drastic change to the
    current situation if all are committed together to making changes by implementing all FIVE
    action plans upon which have been decided during the Special Symposium for
    Governance and Anti-Corruption held on 16 November 2021.



    RELEASED BY

    Union Network International-Malaysia Labour Centre (UNI-MLC) and Center to Combat
    Corruption and Cronyism (C4 Center)


    17 NOVEMBER 2021

    For further information or any enquiry, please contact 016-445 5678

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