MASS Rapid Transit Corporation (MRT Corp) organised its inaugural Integrity Executive Talk programme on 28 March 2016.
About 80 people comprising of the Leadership Team and Senior and Middle Managers of MRT Corp attended this event held at the Perak Auditorium, MRT Headquarters.
The integrity programme is a three-session programme organised by MRT Corp’s newly established Integrity Unit to provide awareness on the importance of integrity within an organisation.
This first session featured a testimony by a former magistrate who was convicted of corruption and a talk was given by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Chief Commissioner, Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed.
The programme began with a doa recital by MRT Corp Health, Safety, Security and Environment, Head, Encik Yusof Kasiron and continued with a welcome note by MRT Corp Chief Integrity Officer, Dato’ Zainal Adam.
Special guest Encik Mohd Firdaus Ramlan, then took the stage to share his personal experiences from a “high and mighty” magistrate in Kuala Krai, Kelantan to ending up being a convicted prisoner and sentenced to three years’ imprisonment in Kajang Prison.
He recounted in detail how he was caught and convicted for being part of a deal to let a drug addict, who should have been convicted and imprisoned to be set free on a good behaviour bond.
He also recollected and shared all the reasons and circumstances which pushed him to become corrupt.
After a short intermission, Tan Sri Abu Kassim then began his session with a casual “question and answer” session.
He highlighted that there had been a decrease in the number of corruption cases in Malaysia due to an increase in transparency and simplification of government processes. An example that was given was the Immigration Department and Road Transport Development of Malaysia, where with convenient passport and drivers’ licence application process, the previous corruption attached to these processes were eliminated.
Before ending his session, he reminded attendees to know and understand the direction of the company on integrity and to always do the right thing. “You must have integrity embedded in your daily lives,” he said.
MRT Corp Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Sri Shahril Mokhtar was then invited to lead the Integrity Pledge, with all attendees reciting the pledge after him.
The event also saw the appointments of 13 Duta Integrity. Under a programme introduced by the Integrity Unit, the Duta Integrity will be liaising between their respective divisions and unit over matters regarding integrity.
The event ended with the launch of the MRT Integrity Portal which is hoped to be a platform for MRT Corp employees to raise any concerns pertaining to ethics and integrity within the organisation.