March 27, 2018

KUALA LUMPUR – CCM Duopharma Biotech Berhad (Duopharma) has become the country’s first pharmaceutical company to sign the Corruption-Free Pledge in conjunction with the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC).

The pledge and signing, held at Menara PNB, was led by Leonard Ariff Abdul Shatar, Group Managing Director of Duopharma, witnessed by MACC’s Director of Community Education Division, Datuk Haji Abdul Samat Kasah, and Duopharma’s Chairman, Tan Sri Siti Sa’adiah Sh Bakir. Leonard Ariff said that the pledge reflects Dupharma’s commitment to strengthen transparency and accountability within its organisation to ensure that its operatives do not succumb to temptations of corruption and abuse of power, especially so when Duopharma’s nature of business involves various internal and external stakeholders.

“Apart from that, we pledge to deliver high-quality halal products for which we are responsible and accountable to shoulder without any monetary or exchange of favours. “The transparency and accountability displayed by Duopharma’s leadership in signing the corruption-free pledge clearly portrays our integrity, commitment and desire to deliver excellence and unmatched stakeholder experience in a conducive and corruption-free environment,” he added.

The Corruption-Free Pledge (better known as IBR) is an initiative introduced by the MACC is a brainchild of the Chief Commissioner himself, Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad. The IBR emphasises on the pledge and oath voluntarily taken by an organisation’s leadership and members in an individual capacity to be accountable and responsible for carrying out their duties and not engage in any misconduct throughout their tenure.

“The pledge is in line with our effort to promote anti-corruption practices among our internal and external stakeholders. “We expect to implement Duopharma’s Corporate Integrity Initiative 2018 which was approved by the Audit & Integrity Committee on February 13, 2018 and Duopharma’s Organisational Integrity in January 2019,” said Leonard Ariff.

“It is our collective duty and obligation to work in tandem with civil society in building a nation based on integrity and attain recognition as a country that is free of corruption and abuse of power rather than just solely depending on MACC to do so,” he added.