Sep 24, 2009

Malaysians Fed-Up with Corruption!

Headlines reported in the Sun papers today and some points extracted below:

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and other "reforms" introduced by the government has so far been ineffective in fighting corruption in the country.

"Malaysians are fed-up with the status quo and the unbearable effects of corruption in the country,"

Transparency International president Datuk Paul Low told a press conference after presenting the country report in the Global Corruption Report (GCR) 2009.


Low pointed out that the controversial death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock in July, in itself raises questions on the MACC's professionalism and hints of abuses of powers in the way it conducts investigations.

“Until drastic action is taken to separate the cozy relationship between government, business and politics, the anti-corruption effort will remain no more than a token gesture,” he stressed.

In the Global Corruption Barometer survey 2009 released in May, when asked if their government was effective in fighting corruption, 76% of Indonesians said “yes” while 70% of Malaysians said “no.”

There should be a separation in the relationship between the Government, business and politics in the fight against corruption, according to the Global Corruption Report.

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What does the PM Najib Razak has to say about this report and will there be any effort to revamp the Anti Corruption Commission and make it totally independent? 

Some say that it will be brushed aside as usual or pretend to say some things and formed another committee that takes forever. 

And there are those that believe that the BN government must be in total control as they had already seized all powers long ago and there are no longer anymore independence in any of our institutions.


And yet there are those that say that the opposite are true as the new administrations has lost control of these institutions and the powers are now in the hands of the appointed heads and that they cannot be removed and their services are endlessly extended.

Read the Full Report in the Sun HERE

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