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Too good to leave, too bad to stay: anti-retaliation precautionary measures for whistle blowers

Kamarunzaman, Nur Zafifa, Zawawi, Azlyn Ahmad, Hussin, Zaliha Hj. and Campbell, James K. 2011, Too good to leave, too bad to stay: anti-retaliation precautionary measures for whistle blowers, in CHUSER 2011: Proceedings of the IEEE Colloquium on Humanities, Science and Engineering,, IEEE, Piscataway, N.J., pp. 644-648, doi: 10.1109/CHUSER.2011.6163811.

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Title Too good to leave, too bad to stay: anti-retaliation precautionary measures for whistle blowers
Author(s) Kamarunzaman, Nur Zafifa
Zawawi, Azlyn Ahmad
Hussin, Zaliha Hj.
Campbell, James K.
Conference name Humanities, Science and Engineering (CHUSER). IEEE Colloquium (2011: Penang, Malaysia)
Conference location Penang, Malaysia
Conference dates 5-6 Dec. 2011
Title of proceedings CHUSER 2011: Proceedings of the IEEE Colloquium on Humanities, Science and Engineering,
Publication date 2011
Start page 644
End page 648
Total pages 8
Publisher IEEE
Place of publication Piscataway, N.J.
Keyword(s) Anti retaliation
Malaysia
Organization
Whistle blowing
Whistle blowing program
Summary Whistle blowing is an act of exposing the wrongdoings in an organization, either committed by its members of the lower level or the top management. Many have agreed that whistle blowing is an effective means of deterring and detecting organizational mishaps. Whistle blowers have been referred to as canaries in the coal mine. The idea of telling the truth however, may result in exposure to uncontrolled risk by the whistle blower. The extent to which the whistle blower is protected and safe after information is leaked to the public or the relevant authority remains unknown. In the Malaysian context, whistle blowing is not new. Being honest is a custom among Malaysians. Honesty is deeply rooted in Malaysian culture and is supported by the high value Malaysian place on spiritual belief which also put a premium on moral virtue. But being loyal to the management is another thing. A critical issue that whistle blowers face is the tension between the virtues of honesty and the virtues of loyalty. The ethical dilemmas faced by the whistle blowers place them in situations where there are significant and difficult ethical conflicts. Recently, the Parliament of Malaysia has passed the Whistle Blowing Protection Act which was seen as an holistic approach to cover all Malaysians who were willing to blow the whistle. Some do not feel confident that such program under the Act can be accomplished in Malaysia as the Malaysian culture believing keeping things to ourselves. Thus the paper intends to explore the anti-retaliation precautionary factors mediate by the culture that will most likely explain motivational issues subordinates face in publicizing the wrongs that are harmful to the organization in Malaysia.
ISBN 9781467300193
Language eng
DOI 10.1109/CHUSER.2011.6163811
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category E2.1 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
Copyright notice ©2011, IEEE
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30074677

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Education
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