Engineer in Society

PURPOSE

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For our project, we propose to discuss the ways in which an engineer, especially one that
is new comer to the field, can project him or herself as a responsible professional to the society without being guilty of violating Code of Ethics or Code of Professional Conduct.

As an engineer, we are responsible and play an important role in developing our country. Our work stimulates the economic growth and development of the nation. We further improve the standards of living of mankind, widen the scope of civilization and manage natural resources.

The high impact of our work to the country not only acquire us to gain more knowledge and improve our skills, we also need to be dedicated, diligence, honest and efficient in doing our work. The society should recognize us by our skills in technical expertise in enhancing the human welfare.

These days, there is a lot of ethical problems occur. Some of them are bribery, unfair conduct, conflict of interest, corruption and fraud. These problems affect not only the society, but also the country. They caused lives and development of the country.
Statistics shows the solved cases involving various bribery cases

Statistic of bribery in Malaysia 2007
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|Bulan |
|Tangkapan |
| |
|Januari |
|33 |
| |
|Februari |
|37 |
| |
|Mac |
|63 |
| |
|April |
|51 |
| |
|May |
|45 |
| |
|Jun |
|33 |
| |
|Julai |
|47 |
| |
|Ogos |
|53 |
| |
|September |
|42 |
| |
|Oktober |
|88 |
| |
|November |
|53 |
| |
|Disember |
|45 |
| |
|Total |
|590 |
| |

Statistics in 2007 shows a decrement in solved bribery cases. This can show a number of things such as maybe the percentage of bribe has decrease tremendously due to the public awareness of numerous solved cases in 2006. this can also means that the public are more careful in accepting offers which can easily lead to bribe cases.

Statistic of bribery in Malaysia 2006
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|Bulan |
|Tangkapan |
| |
|Februari |
|46 |
| |
|Mac |
|48 |
| |
|April |
|36 |
| |
|May |
|41 |
| |
|Jun |
|43 |
| |
|Julai |
|56 |
| |
|Ogos |
|32 |
| |
|Ogos |
|32 |
| |
|September |
|45 |
| |
|Oktober |
|32 |
| |
|November |
|47 |
| |
|November |
|54 |
| |
|Disember |
|66 |
| |
|Total |
|578 |
| |

http://www.bpr.gov.my/cda/m_info/sta_main.php
Case 1: Negligence in highway project

This is an example of a negligence case in conducting a project and is proven to violate the code of professional conduct.

Civil Engineering Design Consultant, Maunsell Sharma & Zakaria, the consulting firm for the design of Ampang-KL Elevated Highway (KLT) has sued Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd for RM50mil for libel.

Maunsell Sharma & Zakaria Sdn Bhd, filed the suit at the Civil Division High Court registry at Wisma Denmark in Jalan Ampang here yesterday through their lawyer D.P. Vijandran.

In the suit, the firm claimed that the Utusan Malaysia daily had published defamatory words in two page-one articles on Feb 9 and 10.

It said the articles alleged that there were many cracks in the highway and that these were caused by flaws in the engineering design of the highway.

Apart from damages, the company is seeking an injunction, an apology, interest and costs.

Maunsell Sharma & Zakaria is also the design consultant for Middle-ring Road Two (MRR2).

[pic] Yesterday, Works Minister Samy Vellu admitted in Parliament that defective design was one of the reasons for the cracks in the Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2).

“The steel placement did not follow specifications,” Samy said in reply to a question from Speaker Tan Sri Ramli Ngah Talib.

Ramli had interrupted Samy Vellu when the minister was giving a technical explanation for the cracks on the MRR2 highway in reply to questions from Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob (BN-Bera) and other MPs.

Samy Vellu said his ministry monitored bridges and flyovers but only the MRR2 was found to have “serious defects”.

http://mavrkyprojectphoto.blogspot.com/2006_03_01_archive.html

PLAN OF ACTIONS

PROBLEMS

Bribery-a major fault of misconduct by accepting some amount of money or services in return of something. Often reported as the biggest occurrence in Malaysia in most developing countries.
Negligence-occurred often within the areas of constructions as the project had to be stopped because of lack of funding.
Conflict of Interest- disagreement in managing certain projects or matters which sometimes is caused by misunderstandings in the agreement itself
Collusive Training-some secret agreement or understanding between two or more people with the aim of deceiving or cheating others
Fraud-actions of deceiving in order to make money or obtain goods illegally
Breaking Confidentiality- a misconduct in keeping an agreement as private and confidential
Environmental Breaches-breaking of conducts in preserving the environmental values

STRATEGIES ON APPLYING THE SOLUTIONS
As a consulting company that is majorly involved in consulting cases such as violations of code of professional conducts, we are very aware of the highly increasing problems of this issue. We have taken up a few strategies in making sure that these people who are just starting up their job really understand what their dealing with.
??? Make sure that all sketches and drawings of a certain project should be verified by the person knowledgeable enough and professionals to prevent misconduct in ethics.
??? Get regular feedback from the public and create a solution to the problems. Make surveys and brainstorm the steps that should be taken in preventing more of such ethics misconduct.
??? Form a body that takes care of these issues and make a connection with the people around including the public. Call up the NGO??™s to help out to distribute the informations and be a helping hand in reducing such problems.
??? Increasing the Non Governmental Organization to help analysis, observe and prevent misconduct among workers.
??? Create an awareness of great values in work ethics .
??? Seminars on classes on code of professional conducts ad its appliances to daily life.
??? Avoid having any contacts with businesses that is related to families or someone close as it may bring major misunderstandings in later days.
??? Confidentials are supposed to be kept very properly. A body or department should be assigned in taking care of such cases t lessen the issues on dishonesty.
??? Making sure that fundings of any project are very strong to prevent negligence during any constructions or as such a huge project.

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