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B mansreeam Clamour for details of anti-graft move Amendment could expose companiesin Malaysia to legal liability EMPLOYERS and lawyers have ‘evinced a mined Fesponse (0 the {govemments move {punish company Tanagement that fet putin pace dequate enteeoe upton measures. anise ote Bie ii’ Deparment Da Pal Low announce In December the government would In March able en amendment tothe alga Ant Comper Commision (HACC) Aste ieoduce te Coporte abi Poin "The amendment could expose com- panies legality, gente KPMG ‘rau, Bribery and Corupton Survey 2013 found teen ve companies a Malaysia do not have adequate proce {zeta combat ibe nc ‘n eddion, mest half he survey exponents reported they hed scene complains etbery and/or eoruption ‘nthetronpnsstions| (Goverment agencies ar sald be ‘ousting industry leaders about the Sroedmeet the ertormake pu ‘hela. low fice declined to comment, saying deals acl being finale "Nevertheless, Peformance Nan agent and iver Un (enands) ‘Ricias tell Focue the proposed prorision s modoled after he Unted Eingdantsibery Ace which i bik the Barden of proof to companies to Sent ours they have inpemented tent ant compton proces, what's the penalty? 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