UNISSA hosts talk on corruption
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
STUDENTS from Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) attended a talk yesterday on the implications and widespread effects of being involved in corruption.
A total of 169 students attended the talk at the campus’ Jubli Hall, which was delivered by Hj Muhammad Hisham Hj Sulaiman, the Acting Head of Special Investigations from the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).
He explained to the students what constitutes corruption and how the act of giving gifts could easily turn into corruption if done with the wrong intention or in the hope of receiving a favour in return, especially in the form or work or official duties.
The effects and implications it could have in terms of economics, politics and social settings could be detrimental, he said, and people should refrain from such greed, which could lead to a nation’s downfall.
He said should the students or anyone come across instances of corruption such as being promised or offered gratification, they should report such cases directly to the ACB or their institution, which can relay the information to them.
“The informant will be protected under Section 30(1) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1982, Chapter 131, and with that in mind, we urge those who have such information not to be afraid in upholding the truth so we may be able to combat corruption for the sake of our nation,” he said.
However, should someone withhold such information and fail to report gratification, they could be found guilty as well.
He said both the giver and receiver can be prosecuted if they fail to report the case of corruption without a reasonable excuse. If the individual is found guilty, they can be convicted and fined $500 and be imprisoned for six months.
According to a statement from UNISSA, the talk was held as part of the university’s Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) course in the hope of having its students realise the importance of MIB in leading a ‘healthy Bruneian lifestyle’.
The Brunei Times