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Tackling the public & private sectors challenges in whistleblowing

23 Jun10:00 am12:30 pm

World Whistleblower Day - Whistleblowing Challenges

Whistleblowing Challenges in Public and Private Sectors

Join us in this webinar titled “Whistleblowing Challenges in Public and Private Sectors” in conjunction with World Whistleblowing Day, 23 June 2022, Thursday from 10 am – 12.30 pm (Malaysia Time).

Whistleblower protection is essential to encourage the reporting of misconduct, fraud and corruption. The risk of corruption is significantly heightened in environments where the reporting of wrongdoing is not supported or protected. This applies to both public and private sector environments, especially in cases of bribery: Protecting public sector whistleblowers facilitates the reporting of passive bribery, as well as the misuse of public funds, waste, fraud and other forms of corruption. Meanwhile, protecting private-sector whistleblowers facilitates the reporting of active bribery and other corrupt acts committed by companies.

Encouraging and facilitating whistleblowing, by providing effective legal protection and clear guidance on reporting procedures can also help authorities monitor compliance and detect violations of anti-corruption laws. Providing effective protection for whistleblowers supports an open organisational culture where employees are not only aware of how to report but also have confidence in the reporting procedures. It also helps businesses prevent and detect bribery in commercial transactions. The protection of both public and private sector whistleblowers from retaliation for reporting in good faith suspected acts of corruption and other wrongdoing is therefore integral to efforts to combat corruption, promote public sector integrity and accountability, and support a clean business environment.

During this webinar we will discuss:

  1. Anti-Bribery & Anti-Corruption policies on whistleblowing
  2. The legal perspective on whistleblowing in Malaysia
  3. The criminal aspect of whistleblowing
  4. The corporate aspect of whistleblowing
  5. Malaysia’s current whistleblower Protection Law
  6. How ISO 37002 Whistleblowing Management Systems: Guideline helps public and private sectors

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Guest Speaker

Vivien Fan

Senior Associate, MahWengKwai & Associates

Vivien Fan graduated with a Second Class Honours (Division I) in Bachelor of Laws from Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom in 2014. She completed her Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at University of Law, London and was called to the English Bar in July 2016. Vivien was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in September 2017. Having completed her pupillage in MahWengKwai & Associates under the guidance of Mr Raymond Mah and upon admission to the Malaysian Bar, she began her practice in MahWengKwai & Associates as an Associate in 2017.

Vivien continues her practice in MahWengKwai & Associates in the areas of general litigation particularly in criminal defence, debt recovery, land acquisitions, probate and administration of estates, contractual disputes, and tenancy disputes. Vivien is a member of the Malaysia Criminal Law Committee and is actively involved in probono work in collaboration with K&L Gates LLP in New York on two projects, the anti-slavery project and research and advisory work on international humanitarian law for the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Cassandra Nicole

Partner, MahWengKwai & Associates

Cassandra graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Northumbria University in Newcastle, United Kingdom in 2010 and was called to the Bar of England and Wales (Inner Temple) in 2011. She read in the chambers of Khan & Co under the guidance of Ms Sabriya Khan and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in November 2012. Cassandra also holds an LLM (Masters in Law) specializing in Transnational Law from King's College London.

Cassandra is involved in commercial, corporate and conveyancing matters and her primary areas of practice include corporate and commercial matters ranging from private limited companies, public listed companies to multinational companies. She has been largely involved in drafing corporate documents, project agreements, trusts, and advising on corporate regulatory matters as well as advising and negotiating on M&A transactions. Cassandra has also previously assisted in several litigation matters including divorce and child custody proceedings. Cassandra is also involved in several pro bono human rights cases and is an active member of the Bar Council Human Rights Committee. In 2019, Cassandra was selected to attend the United States Exchange Program for Religious Freedom and Interfaith Dialogue.

Cynthia Gabriel

Founding Director, Center to Combat Corruption & Cronyism (C4)

Cynthia Gabriel is easily recognized as a key advocate of human rights and good governance in Malaysia and on the global platform. In June 2021, at a rare and exceptional invitation by the President of the United Nations General Assembly. Cynthia addressed the plenary of member states at their special session against corruption. Cynthia was appointed into the prestigious Global Future Councils of the World Economic Forum (WEF), on economic and anti- corruption issues for the term 2019-2020, an advisory body to the World Economic Forum, which meets every year in Davos, Switzerland. In 2020, Cynthia received a meritorious award by the King of Malaysia, for her outstanding efforts in fighting corruption and courage in advancing democratic freedoms in Malaysia and the region. Academically well-rounded, she has degrees in both the science and legal fraternities.

Moderator: Zafar Anjum

Group CEO, CRI Group & ABAC Center of Excellence

Zafar Anjum is the founder and Group CEO at CRI Group. A global due diligence firm focused on fraud prevention and security among corporate clients, government agencies and industry groups, and its ABAC® Center of Excellence – an independent certification body established to provide certification and training in internationally recognised ISO standards for risk and compliance anti-bribery and anti-corruption management. Zafar Anjum uses his extensive knowledge and expertise in creating stable and secure networks across challenging global markets. For organisations needing comprehensive project management, security, safeguard and real-time compliance applications, he is the assurance expert of choice for industry professionals. Financier Worldwide has recently awarded Zafar Anjum as the ``Exceptional Expert`` in White Collar Crime Investigations.

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23 Jun
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