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92 organisations honoured at AIGA awards night

New Straits Times logo New Straits Times 18/1/2023 Kalbana Perimbanayagam
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KUALA LUMPUR: Ninety-two organisations from both the public and private sectors received recognition for their commitment and effort in cultivating integrity and good governance practices at the inaugural Integrity, Governance and Anti-Corruption Awards (AIGA) 2022.

The award ceremony, organised by Malaysian Institute of Integrity (IIM), was officiated by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.

"It is timely for everyone to improve on their management practices, to be more accountable, transparent and instill high integrity in their line of work.

"This is to be consistent with a culture of good governance that the present government is championing," he said in his speech.

He said both the public and private sector must work together and stay committed towards building integrity and trust to restore the good image of the country.

"We will not be able to move forward, if we do not address the core issues such as leakages and eliminate corruption completely. It has to be a joint effort," he said in congratulating all award recipients for their commitment and hardwork.

He said AIGA will set the benchmark for their internal management system focused on the good governance and internal control system to curb corruption in any organisation.

AIGA's assessment is based on international standard criteria, including the ISO37001 Anti-Bribery Management System (ABMS) and the ISO 9001 Quality Management System. The panel of judges is made up of experienced experts from the public and corporate sectors as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) namely in the fields of quality audit, integrity, governance and anti-corruption.

The awards were divided into three categories, namely, Silver, Gold and Platinum, aimed at setting standards that allows organisations to measure the effectiveness of the initiatives implemented to improve integrity practices in their respective organisations.

"IIM received as many as 116 entries from organisations of the public and private sector from all over the country. Out of this total, only 92 organisations were selected to receive the AIGA Awards 2022 which include 16 Gold Awards, 34 Silver Awards and 42 Bronze Awards."

Among the award recipients were Yayasan Pahang, SP Setia, Malaysia Airport Bhd, Immigration Department and various local councils including Subang Jaya City Council and Hang Tuah Jaya Municipal Council.

Fadillah said the award ceremony was in line with the unity government's efforts to uplift integrity and eliminate corruption at all levels, both in private as well as public sector.

"Furthermore, foreign and domestic companies will also be more confident to invest in this country in addition to creating new job opportunities for the people.

"The government will continue to commit to the agenda of strengthening integrity and good governance, through strengthening the role of IIM." he added.

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