In line with good corporate governance practices and with the introduction of the Whistleblower Protection Act 2010, the Board and Management of WCT Holdings Berhad and its group of companies (“the Company”) is committed to the highest standard of integrity, openness and accountability in the conduct of its businesses and operations. It aspires to conduct its affairs in an ethical, responsible and transparent manner.
The objective of this policy and procedures is to provide an avenue and a mechanism for any reporting individual (“the whistleblower”) to report any concerns they may have regarding any suspected and/or known misconduct, wrongdoings, corruption, fraud and/or abuse.
POLICY & PROTECTION
The whistleblower is allowed to either identify himself/herself or if he/she prefers, to remain anonymous when reporting suspected and/or known instances of misconduct, wrongdoings, corruption, fraud and/or abuse.
b. Assurance against reprisal and/or retaliation
Where the whistleblower has chosen to reveal his/her identity, it is the policy of the Company to provide assurance that the whistleblower would be protected against reprisals and/or retaliation from his/her immediate superior or head of department / division or the person in respect of which his/her report is made. In addition, the Company provide assurance that no disciplinary action can be taken against the whistleblower as long as he/she does not maliciously, intentionally, knowingly or recklessly provide false information in the report.
The Company shall treat all reports or disclosures as confidential and will only reveal information on a “need to know” basis or if required by law, court of competent jurisdiction or lawful authority. The identity and particulars of the whistleblower shall also be kept confidential UNLESS the whistleblower chose to reveal his/her identity. Where the whistleblower chose to reveal his/her identity when making such report, written permission from the whistleblower would be obtained before the information is released.
Provided the report was made by the whistleblower in good faith and without negligence, the Company will fully indemnify and shall save the whistleblower harmless from all loss, damage, liability, penalty, costs and/or expenses (including legal costs and expenses, provided the whistleblower consents to and appoints the law firm nominated by the Company for the conduct of the legal proceedings) incurred and/or suffered as a result of any legal proceedings (whether criminal or civil) that may be brought against the whistleblower in respect of such report.
The whistleblower may request for a relocation of his/her place of employment at the discretion of the Company.
The Company will also take all reasonable steps to ensure the whistleblower will, in relation to the report, be protected against:-
REVOCATION OF POLICY & PROTECTION
The protection stated in above shall be revoked by the Company if:
i. The whistleblower himself/herself has participated in the improper conduct, wrongdoings, corruption, fraud and/or abuse;
ii. The whistleblower made his/her disclosure without good faith;
iii. The disclosure was frivolous or vexatious; or
iv. The disclosure was made with the intention or motive to avoid dismissal or other disciplinary action against the whistleblower himself/herself.
PROCEDURES FOR REPORTING IMPROPER CONDUCT, WRONGDOINGS, CORRUPTION, FRAUD AND/OR ABUSE
If a whistleblower suspect that improper conduct, wrongdoings, corruption, fraud and/or abuse has occurred, the whistleblower is encouraged to report it through e-mail or mail to the following or alternatively via this link.
Audit Committee Chairman
WCT Holdings Berhad
B-30-01, The Ascent, Paradigm
No. 1 Jalan SS7/26A, Kelana Jaya
47301 Petaling Jaya Selangor
Tel: 03-78066688 / Fax: 03-78066633
The disclosure must at least have details of person(s) involved, nature of allegation, when and where the incident took place as well as the supporting evidence, if any.