Together with the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), the International Anti-Corruption Academy in Vienna has requested that the prestigious Malaysia Anti-Corruption Academy (MACA) head anti-graft training programmes for government officers and private agencies in the Asia Pacific region.
“After this, it would no longer be necessary to go to Vienna for trainings as we hope the lecturers from Vienna will conduct courses here.
“With this engagement, the Academy will organize more courses to increase capacity and capability in fighting graft within the region,” said Dato’ Abu Kassim Mohamed.
The graft fighter told course participants and members of the media during the closing ceremony of the ‘Corruption Prevention and Risk Management in Public Organization Workshop’ on May 7 at MACA in Kuala Lumpur.
He said that the Academy is now in the midst of drafting the framework on how best to implement the whole programme.
MACA will be seeking the help of local experts outside to boost its resources and facilities in training anti-corruption officers, government and private sector personnel.
“Right now, we have around 34 officers in MACA, excluding Supporting Staff. We hope to recruit more experts to booster our trainings and facilities here,” he said, adding that it will be a ‘Centre for Excellence’ in this region soon.
He added that the anti-graft training ground is fast gaining international recognition as the biggest Academy in the Asian region.
The closing ceremony this morning was also attended by MACC Deputy Chief Commissioner (Deterrent) Dato’ Sutinah Sutan and MACA Director Dato’ Samarajoo Manikam.
Dato’ Abu Kassim also thanked United Kingdom’s Corruption Risk Management and Integrity Enhancement (IDeAS) expert Dr Chris Javille for this support towards the whole programme.
He added that Dr Chris may soon be appointed on the MACC ‘Accreditation of Officers for Integrity Panel’ so that he could contribute in terms of expertise and knowledge.
Thirty participants of the workshop from nine different countries such as Brunei, Fiji Island, Maldives, Jordan, Nepal, Philipines, Sri Lanka and Yemen as well as locally received their Certificates of Attendance from Dato’ Abu Kassim after his uplifting speech.
“We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the respective government of each country as well as other government agencies of Malaysia and the private sector for allowing their respective officers to participate in this workshop which is specially designed to assist in implementing tangible governance policies and plans in the organization,” he enthused in his closing address.
This Risk Management Workshop, said Dato’ Abu Kassim, equips the participants with the right knowledge and skills to “proactively look at the risk in organizations to detect and destroy possible fraud and corruption mechanism”.
He added that those who attended the course are also exposed to real life experience in managing risk in the organizations.
Although being attentive to risk is essential to propagate good performance, Dato’ Abu Kassim pointed out that very few will go the extra mile to manage such risk appropriately.