THE Seberang Prai Municipal Council in Penang is the first organisation in the country to be certified under ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management System (ABMS) with effect from Oct 20.
The certification is valid till Oct 20, 2020.
Council president Datuk Rozali Mohamud said the council was informed of the certification by Sirim.
He said the council was invited to take part in a pilot scheme project for the implementation of ABMS beginning April 25.
The project’s participants comprised 10 organisations including government agencies, local authorities and private sectors, such as the Malaysian Qualification Agency, Bank Rakyat, Immigration Department, Road Transport Department, Public Service Department, Lembaga Tabung Haji, Subang Jaya Municipal Council, Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan Pengerang, Petroleum Nasional Bhd and Top Glove Corporation Bhd.
The system aims to strengthen the law regarding corruption and to reduce the risk of corruption in the daily duties of the council’s officers.
By implementing the system, the council benefits in many ways such as improving the integrity of the council staff when discharging their duties, improving the council’s reputation, reducing operating costs, strengthening financial performance and raising employees’ moral.
The council was also drafting the Seberang Prai Strategic Plan 2018-2022, which was expected to be ready next month, Rozali said.
He was speaking at the council’s recent corporate gathering at its headquarters in Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam.
Also present was council secretary Rosnani Mahmod.
Rozali said the recycling rate for the whole of Seberang Prai last year was 42%.
“For the council to achieve low carbon city status, which is scheduled for the year 2022, the recycling rate needs to be enhanced from 42% to 70%,” he added.