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Legislation on whistle-blowing will enhance corporate governance

I support Professor Sattar Bawany's suggestion that there should be legislation in Singapore to encourage employees to report alleged wrongdoing in their organisations, and to protect those who do so (Do more to encourage and protect whistle-blowers; Jan 14).

Such a mechanism would greatly help in building a responsible, ethical organisational structure, and encourage transparency in internal and external dealings as well as good corporate governance.

Nevertheless, the anonymity of the whistle-blower should be paramount.

Whistle-blowing should not be viewed as an act of employee deviance but a process that protects all stakeholders.

Opening channels of communication that transcend organisational hierarchies will help in this respect.

Employee education will also remove the ambiguities associated with the process.

At the same time, a strong message should reach employees that frivolous accusations as a means to harass senior management will not be tolerated.

Methods by which an organisation can encourage whistle-blowing should incorporate robust internal controls, using technology to identify and report fraudulent activities.

V. Subramaniam (Dr)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 21, 2018, with the headline 'Legislation on whistle-blowing will enhance corporate governance'. Print Edition | Subscribe