HRDF — 16th private company to sign MACC’s CIP

by FARA AISYAH/ PIC BY ISMAIL CHE RUS

The Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) becomes the 16th private company to sign the Corporate Integrity Pledge (CIP) with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to create a zero-tolerance environment for corruption.

MACC director of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Academy Datuk Idris Zaharuddin said it is a proactive step taken by HRDF as a corporate body under the Ministry of Human Resources (MoHR), which has also signed the CIP in May 2017.

“The CIP clearly outlines the direction and the will of the top management of an organisation and sets a clear leadership tone that there is no compromise on the issue of corruption.

“As an institution responsible for and mandated to upgrade the Malaysian workforce, HRDF gives its stakeholders an assurance that the funds they collect from HRDF-registered companies and from the government are not misappropriated and are spent in full discretion and prudence towards their mandate,” Idris said in his speech at the signing ceremony last week.

HRDF’s new mandate for its “Strengthening of Lifelong Learning for Skills Enhancement” programme is to ensure the creation and growth of quality local human capital through efficient highskilled training certification programmes and initiatives that would contribute to a 35% skilled Malaysian workforce and 1.5 million jobs creation by 2020.

The company introduced its Code of Business Ethics as a guidance toboth HRDF employees and providers on sustainable business relationships based on six principles, including to act with integrity and to maintain accountability.

The others are avoiding the appearance of or actual conflicts of interest, abiding the rule of law, giving an honest representation as well as prohibiting any form of gifts to procure favours and unfair advantage.

HRDF CEO Datuk CM Vignaesvaran Jeyandran said it is HRDF’s responsibility to inform everyone that the company is clean from corruption as it is managing training fund for its relevant employers.

“The pledge is to instil feelings of abhorrence towards corrupt practices in all who sign the CIP. This is to send a message to other parties dealing with the organisation to steer clear of corruption and to prove that we, as an organisation, are taking a stand against corrupt practices.

“The fight against corruption is a concerted effort that must be made by all government agencies to ensure that Malaysia is free of any corruption and abuse of power,” he said.

MoHR secretary general Datuk Seri Adenan Ab Rahman and deputy secretary general (operations) Datuk Mohamed Elias Abu Bakar were also present at the ceremony.