First off I want to say that I post this without malice to FLOM. Not at all. Seriously. But reading this report from The Malaysian Insider I, as a tax-paying Malaysian, cannot help but feel that her trip and her speech at the event was a waste of Malaysian tax-payers money. Read this and see how you feel...
(from The Malaysian Insider...)
Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, wife of the Malaysian prime minister,
yesterday urged women to take a more active role in their institutions
and organisations in order to strengthen business ethics.
She said women could play an important role in strengthening ethics
in business because their nature of being mothers and nurturers required
that they imbued trust in the relationship they built and developed.
“As mothers, we have a responsibility and opportunity to imbue the
right values and inculcate morally sound behaviour in our children.
These are values and behaviours which will make them ethical people.
“Further, our roles that include multi-tasking between the home and
the workplace demands that we deliver promises to the people who depend
and count on us,” she said in a keynote address titled “Role of Women in
Strengthening Business Ethics” at the Qatari Businesswomen
Association’s programme at the Inside Investor Forum Asia 2012, here.
The two-day forum, organised by the international media group and
consultancy Inside Investor, is a high-level business event which brings
together heads of state, investors and top-level company executives
from the Asean and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries to identify
investment opportunities in the two regions.
Rosmah said women should extend these qualities in ensuring that the
companies they worked for delivered on their promises and upheld
governance and ethics at all levels of the organisation at all times.
She said the rising participation of women in the global workforce
also provided an opportunity for women to play a bigger role in
strengthening business ethics.
“There are many reports that predict the 21st Century as the century
for women. We see rising involvement of women in boardrooms and
executive positions globally.”
“In March last year, Business Insider revealed that women
hold 21 per cent of senior management positions globally. This study
shows that women are in an advantageous position to strengthen ethics in
business,” she said.
Rosmah said that in Malaysia, the government was also encouraging
companies to increase the number of women on their governing boards to
at least 30 per cent by 2015 and, currently, on-the-job training
programmes — most of it focused on strengthening ethics in business —
were being held to prepare these women for board positions.
Rosmah said business ethics was important to the company, the
consumer as well as the employees and stakeholders, and for the healthy
growth of an economy.
“Ultimately, ethics is about doing the right thing; not taking that
which isn’t yours; not inflating expenses that you are not entitled to;
not manipulating facts and figures with the intention to mislead; not
compromising on quality of services and products to maximise profits;
and not lying and misrepresenting the truth to look good,” she said.
Those who did not follow ethical rules might have short-term success, but would fail in the market in the long run, she added.
Rosmah said Qatari and Malaysian businesswomen associations could
develop a common platform for debates and deliberations on business
ethics for insights, learning and sharing experiences.
“We could organise joint programmes regularly that mutually serve
both the Gulf and Asean. These could include educational and business
programmes as well as exchange of talents that will strengthen business
ethics in both regions.”
Meanwhile, in a separate event, Rosmah received the “Honour for
Charitable Commitment and Philanthropy” award in appreciation of her
dedication and commitment to charity work.
The award was presented by the vice-chairwoman of the Qatari Businesswomen Association Aisha Al-Fardan. — Bernama