Whistleblowing


Objective


Affin Hwang Investment Bank Berhad (the “Bank”) is committed to maintaining a culture of the highest ethics and integrity in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and internal policies. We expect our employees, agents or office bearers in the Bank to conduct themselves with a high standard of professionalism and ethics in all business and professional activities.

As part of this commitment, the Bank has adopted the Affin Banking Group Whistleblowing Policy and Procedures (“GWBPP”) to provide a formal and confidential secured avenue for employees and/or external parties to raise legitimate concerns with regard to illegal, unethical or questionable practices without the risk of reprisal.


Improper Conduct

The whistleblowing may relate to any information pertaining to wrongdoings, malpractices, and/or irregularities as per the following:

  • Dishonest, fraudulent, corrupt or illegal practices
  • Manipulation of accounts
  • Unethical behavior
  • Conduct that endangers health and safety
  • Violation of laws and constitution
  • Conflict of interest


The above list is not exhaustive and includes any act or omissions, which if proven, will constitute an act of misconduct under the Bank’s Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics or any criminal offence under relevant legislations in force.


Who is a Whistleblower?


Under the Policy, any of the following persons can be a Whistleblower:

(a)    Any employee, agent or office bearer in the Bank;

(b)    External parties, such as the Bank’s customers, service providers, vendors, consultants or shareholders.


Protection of Whistleblower


A Whistleblower shall be protected for reporting any actual or suspected misconduct upon demonstrating sufficient basis for whistleblowing. Confidential information relating to whistleblowing shall be safeguarded and shall not be disclosed unless absolutely necessary, i.e.:

  • Consistent with the need to conduct an adequate investigation;
  • To allow effective response to the report; or
  • As required by Law.

A Whistleblower, including his/her spouse and related persons who are employees of the Bank, shall be protected from detrimental action. The Bank and/or any employee shall not take any detrimental action against the Whistleblower in any manner, explicitly or implicitly. In the event of a complaint of detrimental actions against the Whistleblower, the affected Whistleblower shall immediately report to the Whistleblowing Committee or the Independent Non Executive Director (INED), Chairman of Group Board Compliance Committee (GBCC) for remedial action to be taken.



Required Information


To facilitate the investigation, details and information on the concern made by the Whistleblower should include name(s) of the person(s) involved, date and location of the event, and provide supporting document / proof.


Reporting Channel?

The Whistleblower may raise his/her concern(s) to the Whistleblowing Committee and/or the INED (Chairman, Group Board Compliance Committee) via the following channels: 

Email to the designated email address:

whistle_blowing@affinbank.com.my 


OR

Post mail/letter to:

(i) Chairman

    Whistle Blowing Committee

    Group Compliance

    Level 4, Menara Affin,

    80, Jalan Raja Chulan,

    50200 Kuala Lumpur


(ii) Independent Non-Executive Director

     (Chairman, Group Board Compliance Committee)

     Group Compliance

     Level 4, Menara Affin,

     80, Jalan Raja Chulan,

     50200 Kuala Lumpur


Drop the disclosure report, (which should be sealed and marked “strictly private and confidential – to be opened by addressee only”) into the secured designated drop-in boxes placed at the following locations: -

  • People Office at 11th Floor, Menara Affin.
  • Outside the Staff Dining Area at 18th Floor, Menara Affin.
  • Lounge Area at 27th Floor, Menara Boustead.


Other relevant avenues external to the Bank which you may direct your concern to as a Whistleblower: