| Azlan Othman |
THE Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) presented a talk to nearly 60 course participants of Service Fund Course 2/2014, Pay Section Leader Course and Intermediate Logistic Course 2014 from Finance Training School and Logistic Training School, School of Military Trade and Training Institute of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces.
The talk was delivered by Siti Suraiani binti A Rais, Senior Special Investigator of the ACB, which focused on Corruption Prevention and Gift Handling.
ACB through the Development and Integrity Planning has taken a serious approach to enhance and instil awareness and understanding on the dangers and risks of corruption to the public.
ACB also briefed ministries and departments to stress on offences under the Anti-Corruption Act and instil awareness on the dangers and effects of corruption to the country.
The briefing also highlighted the importance of integrity values of an individual especially deep understanding to uphold decent values such as sincerity and trustworthiness.
ACB believes that the strengthening of decent values is one of the basics that should exist in every individual to prevent any abuse of power, embezzlement, criminal breach of trust and graft.
Brunei Darussalam was ranked 38th out of 177 countries by Transparency International Corruption Perception Index 2013. This independent assessment is conducted by Transparency International where those countries at the top in the ranking were the least corrupt or threatened by corruption compared to those countries down below.
Among the criteria of assessment is the level of corruption practiced in civil service.
ACB, through a series of briefings and talks on corruption, will continue to support government agencies to step up integrity and identify the risk of corruption.
This effort made by the government agencies is crucial in order to instil collective action in a move to eradicate and prevent corruption in Brunei Darussalam.