The Borneo Post

HELP University appoints Akhbar Satar as chief integrity officer


KUCHING: HELP University has appointed Datuk Seri Akhbar Satar as chief integrity officer.

He is Transparen­cy Malaysia immediate past president as well as Associatio­n of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Malaysian Chapter founder and president.

In a statement yesterday, Akhbar said there has been a sharp increase in the number of appointmen­ts for chief integrity officers in public and private organisati­ons since June this year, when the Malaysian AntiCorrup­tion Commission (MACC) began to enforce Section 17A of the MACC Act 2009 (amendment 2018).

“Under the provision of 17A, commercial organisati­ons are liable and can be punished if their employees or associates are involved in corruption,” he said.

With these latest governance initiative­s, the government is encouragin­g investors and boards of directors to improve their corporate governance to improve the risk management of their business and long-term sustainabi­lity.

This also protects their strategic assets, in particular the valuable reputation of the corporatio­n, board of directors, and management.

HELP University president and vice-chancellor Datuk Prof Dr Paul Chan said Akhbar’s appointmen­t showed the university’s commitment towards good governance.

He stressed that there is no be er qualified profession­al than Akhbar to assume this critical role as chief integrity officer.

During the last few months, Akhbar led a team of experts to train more than 600 HELP University staff in corporate governance and the enforcemen­t of Section 17A, as well as developed a reference manual for this purpose.

Chan said in the profession­al fraternity, Akhbar is a recognised criminolog­ist and crime analyst and currently holds a professori­al chair and serves as senior research fellow at HELP University’s Institute of Crime and Criminolog­y.

“His expertise is recognised worldwide. Among other positions, Akhbar was appointed by the government as a member of the National Consultati­ve Commi ee on Political Funding and in 2019 on the Investigat­ive Commi ee for Governance, Procuremen­t and Governance Finance as a commi ee member. This commi ee is chaired by Tan Sri Ambrin Buang, Malaysia’s former auditor-general,” he added.

This year, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong appointed Akhbar as an Anti-Corruption Advisory Board and MACC board member.

Akhbar has also been invited to speak at many forums, seminars, and conference­s on fraud, corruption, ethics, integrity, and detection of deception both locally and internatio­nally.

He will also speak during a webinar series on good governance and corruption this month.

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Datuk Seri Akhbar Satar

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