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STATEMENT SPECIAL SESSION ON CHALLENGES & MEASURES TO PREVENT & COMBAT CORRUPTION & STRENGTHEN INTl COOPERATION, 3 JUNE 2021

STATEMENT BY
H.E. DATUK SERI MOHD SALLEHHUDDIN BIN HASSAN
DIRECTOR GENERAL
NATIONAL CENTRE FOR GOVERNANCE, INTEGRITY AND ANTI-CORRUPTION (GIACC), PRIME MINISTER’S DEPARTMENT, MALAYSIA

AT THE SPECIAL SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON
CHALLENGES AND MEASURES TO PREVENT AND COMBAT CORRUPTION
AND STRENGTHEN INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
(UNGASS 2021 ON CORRUPTION)

“CHALLENGES AND MEASURES TO PREVENT AND COMBAT CORRUPTION AND
STRENGTHEN INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION 
FOR ONWARD COORDINATION”

NEW YORK, 3 JUNE 2021

 

 

Mr. President,

Excellencies,

Ladies and gentlemen,

I wish to congratulate Mr. President for the initiative in convening this Special Session of the General Assembly on challenges and measures to prevent and combat corruption and strengthen international cooperation.

2.   Malaysia welcomes the effort of having the Special Session of the General Assembly Against Corruption. It signifies fundamental recognition that corruption remains one of the major global issues that require effective and integrated global solutions.

3.   The political declaration we will adopt today reflects the political will and global commitments towards an action-oriented international framework for cooperation in strengthening prevention and mitigation the corruption risks.

Mr. President,

CHALLENGES

4.   During the pandemic crisis of COVID-19, Malaysia believes that fighting corruption and promoting integrity, transparency and accountability should be equally the priority in the pandemic response.

5.   As I am speaking today, the third wave of COVID-19 is emerging globally with an alarming figure of rising cases. The increase demand on basic goods, medical supplies, social-welfare programmes could pose significant risks of corruption especially in the area of procurement, border control and enforcement.

6.   The world in the next decades would be significantly different from today. The technology abuse such as cyber threat can create a new breed of corruption. In this regard, Malaysia needs to leverage innovative technologies to strengthen the public agencies, corporate entities, and society resilience against the threat of corruption while increasing competencies and institutional capacity to address current challenges and crises.

Mr. President,

MALAYSIA’S ANTI-CORRUPTION EFFORTS

7.   Malaysia continues to strengthen good governance and integrity to fight corruption and we are fully confident that our performance can be further improved by implementing our National Anti-Corruption Plan (NACP) 2019-2023.

8.   The 5-year plan which is in line with the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) has outlined six priority areas: political governance, public sector administration, public procurement, legal and judicial, law enforcement and corporate governance as government’s key strategies and measures to combat corruption and strengthening governance in government operations.

9.   2021 marks the third year of NACP journey and progress has been made towards the implementation of the NACP. As of December last year, 29 out of 115 initiatives had been completed including the establishment of Code of Ethics for Members of Administration that put requirement disclose and declare their asset and conflict of interest.

10.   Malaysia is committed to enhance transparency through a new law on Ombudsman that will be introduced to improve public complaints management pertaining maladministration issues by public agencies.

11.   To put a greater importance on fighting corruption in the private sector, Malaysia has introduced the new law on corporate liability under the MACC Act 2009 and will be introducing a new provision on beneficial ownership to enhance transparency of the company.

12.   Malaysia place great importance on implementing the good governance principles of transparency, accountability, effectiveness and efficiency throughout the administration and development plan across all sectors that contributes to the economic development, sustainable growth, and people’s well-being. Therefore, Organisational Anti-Corruption Plan (OACP) has been made mandatory to all public sector agencies to help flag corruption risk and drive performance based on good governance principles. To date, 36 agencies in public sector which consists of ministries and departments have developed the OACP.

13.   The OACP also helps the Government Linked Companies (GLCs) to create a clean business ecosystem which is free from corruption. On that note, 14 GLCs have shown their commitment in developing the OACP.

14.   Furthermore, Malaysia will also review the existing Integrity Pact in accordance with international standards. This initiative aims to help the government to deal with conflict-of-interest issues and certainly will help to enhance the integrity and transparency in the government procurement.

15.   In conclusion, Malaysia is committed to strengthen global partnerships by supporting the implementation of relevant international agreements and frameworks. Through this partnership, Malaysia hopes to explore and exchange the expertise on good governance and fighting corruption initiatives among the state members.

Mr. President,

16.   Malaysia strongly believes that the full commitment shown by the government agencies, relevant stakeholders, domestic and international strategic partners towards effective policy implementation and strategies will contribute to the realisation of SDG Goals 16 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in building accountable and transparent institutions.

Thank you.       .