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Puspakom has augmented its efforts to combat corruption with the signing of the Corporate Integrity Pledge (CIP), witnessed by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). The move supplements an existing understanding between the two firms, which was marked by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) back in 2011 and led to the establishment of the Puspakom-MACC Integrity Technical Committee.

“Puspakom continues to engage with MACC in its efforts to fight against the risk of corruption and addresses the issue of integrity. The CIP will further aid and reinforce the implementation of Puspakom’s comprehensive continuous action plan towards creating a transparent and accountable governance, instituting high integrity and a corruption-free environment at all levels in the organisation,” said Tan Sri Datuk Sri Haji Mohammad Khamil Jamil, group managing director of DRB-Hicom.

In addition to the efforts of the Puspakom-MACC Integrity Technical Committee as well as tighter monitoring on employees, Puspakom has also introduced a “No Gift Policy” that strictly prohibits the exchange of tokens between members of the public and Puspakom officials. Furthermore, a “Whistleblower Policy” encourages individuals to report all questionable methods employed by Puspakom technicians.

In its latest move to quell malpractice within the firm, Puspakom has invested up to RM3 million on the deployment of what it calls the ‘Toughpad’ system. By having employees log their progress in each inspection every step of the way, the system uploads and records the process onto a dedicated server. This, in turn, minimises human involvement which reduces the odds of any form of misconduct.