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November 27, 2012

‘We are not that corrupt’

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G Vinod

Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) said that corruption in Malaysia is not as bad as what the public perceives.

Discuss corruption issues in Malaysia with a pinch of salt. Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) said this in its interim research report on Anti-Corruption Initiatives in Malaysia which was launched today at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Academy.

Present at the launch was former prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

The report, titled Combating Corruption: Understanding Anti-Corruption Initiatives in Malaysia, said it was important for the public not to be influenced by perception alone when discussing corruption in Malaysia.

“Although the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) implies that corruption level in the country is bad, our data suggests the situation is not as bleak as the CPI score.

“Therefore, we need to be cautious and not throw blanket accusations denying the many good efforts initiated by the government to combat corruption,” the report said.

However, the report indicated several weaknesses in government’s effort to battle corruption such as lack of a cohesive approach by government agencies, private sector and the civil society to curb graft.

The report added the government had not effectively addressed the root cause of corruption and its agencies suffer from redundancy and lack of focus.

“And that’s why the public does not believe that the government is serious in tackling corruption despite its attempts to do so,” the report said.

Offering solution, the interim report urged the government to set up an inter-agency working committee at the federal level to help agencies to coordinate initiatives and strategies to tackle graft.

“Agencies monitoring the government’s National Key Results Area (NKRA) should improve its coordination capacity, especially when it comes to corruption, and not focus on Government Transformation Programmes (GTP) alone.

The report also said that the government should not ignore anti-corruption framework like the National Integrity Plan as it provides comprehensive long term framework in strengthening integrity and battling corruption.

“We also find that the Nazir Shah Alam report on corruption, done is 1958, is worth revisiting.

“Plus, the MACC should optimise it resources to improve detection and investigation capacity and allow the Integrity Institute of Malaysia (IIM) to focus on public education initiatives,”the report said.

The report is funded by MACC’s NKRA Anti Corruption Unit, plus several local and foreign funders.

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13 Comments »

  1. How come ah beer so cheap and of many more foreign brands then before readily available in Sarawak? Not that i don’t love beer but each brand has its own sinister tale to tell to those beer lovers like myself who care to be a little bit nosy. Could be the result of repair works done to our submarines which enable them to sink and remain under water undetected?

    Undetected so not much corruption except the symptoms and signs are very visible to the observant rakyat.

    ” Don’t try to fool us like you are fooling yourself”

    Comment by brian — November 27, 2012 @ 5:13 PM | Reply

    • THERE IS A FOOL (SUCKER) BORN EVERY MINUTE (quote attributed to P.T.Barnum)

      Great comment on beer smuggling…..

      UMNO is sinking under its own weight of corruption and needs no submarines.

      Submarines are just another means of furthering their corruption….

      Comment by Useyourbrain — November 28, 2012 @ 4:28 AM | Reply

  2. A REPORT LACKING HONESTY & TRANSPARENCY SHOULD BE FILED IN THE BIN?

    Comment by Anon — November 27, 2012 @ 2:33 PM | Reply

    • Report sponsored by BN?

      Comment by Stephen — November 27, 2012 @ 4:59 PM | Reply

      • YES THE IDEAS REPORT…. THIS IS CALLED LEG PULLING…..

        More coarsely this is “lanchiow” (cock) talk by (no) IDEAS!

        Comment by Anon — November 28, 2012 @ 4:09 AM | Reply

  3. Mahathir Mohamad has singlehandedly changed the course of this country to bring it down the path of ruin, while others in the region such as Indonesia and Vietnam, are forging ahead.

    It is obvious, not only from Barry Wain’s book on the Malaysian Maverick that he has wasted the nation’s wealth in many of his mega projects.

    Even now, as chairman of Petronas, Mahathir continues to raise eyebrows amongst the rakyat. He is entitled to dispute this, but it is an opinion which I believe many of us have formed over the years.

    One of his sons has been named one of the richest men in the country. While I wish to congratulate his son for such great achievements, I cannot help but wonder how the sons of two former PMs have hit the list of Malaysia’s richest men within just a few years.

    It is one thing being successful, but it is another when people see the two richest men are living in the shadows of their fathers, and to me, it doesn’t matter if they became the richest men in the world. It could be that their fathers had groomed them well – and I’m somewhat a secret admirer of one of them, because I enjoy listening to his speeches.

    But what Mahathir has said of his opponents in this one instance is truly uncalled for. I’m shocked to see a former PM descending to gutter politics, debasing others instead of treating them as his worthy opponents. It is one thing for a politician to criticise his opponent, but it is another thing to say that he is backed by the devil.

    By saying this, Mahathir is essentially saying that PAS, being an Islamic party, is ‘wicked, evil and devilish’, whereas PAS’ record through the years, going back to even 1969, has shown that they are a more peaceable and reasonable group of people, compared to some corrupted and arrogant Umno leaders, past and present.

    Umno, before 1987, would have been a lot more credible, but after the breakaway of Team B, Mahathir’s camp has literally ruined Umno’s political standing in the eyes of the Malaysian public, or least, to me as an observer.

    Tell me what happened to PKR’s bus which took Opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim around the country? Who could have thrown the red paint onto the bus? What kind of culture is this – a refined Malay culture with Islamic values, which I see promulgated by PAS, or a barbaric culture which should never have been encouraged in the first place? Why did the present PM say nothing of such behaviour?

    Tell me also, who could have thrown plastic wrapped pig’s heads into mosques? I wonder if any China apek or Indian kutty had such courage to do this, he would not have thought of even wrapping the pig’s head in plastice! Let’s be honest. Who has done that? I saw a picture of a pig’s head placed on top of the PAS flag. Who could have done that? I leave it to your good judgement.

    Umno has indeed become a four-letter word in many Malaysian urban households. People talk about the cows and condos, about the Scorpene, about Altantuya’s sudden death, and about all sorts of corruption cases that you can imagine – the latest being the ICAC’s investigation into the RM40 million political fund from overseas given to Umno Sabah. I wonder if the fund had come from a Jewish source since the fund is not local!

    Even this may not necessarily be the fault of Umno per se, the tendencies are there now for people to point fingers at Umno. Every form of persecution that is done, the fingers are pointing at Umno. Why? Don’t Umno leaders realise what they are doing is damaging their own reputation to a great extent? Doesn’t Mahathir realise that his statement would bring him disrepute instead of PAS?

    This is the level that Umno has descended into. The former PM accusing that PAS is backed by the devil, is, I think, almost unthinkable – that a man of his stature should utter such words. The late Tunku Abdul Rahman, Bapa Malaysia and a well-respected Prime Minister for all Malaysians, would not have said such utterly despicable words, not to mention that it would not even have crossed his mind!

    I’m sure, apart from the late Tunku, none of Mahathir’s predecessors would have said such a thing during their tenure as prime ministers of Malaysia, more so, after their retirement. Look at Tun Abdullah Badawi, has he even uttered a negative word against his predecessor after his retirement, despite Dr Mahathir’s tongue lashing against him even till today?

    For goodness sake, let the old man rest in peace, and stop giving him any publicity. I’m lashing out here because I cannot stand it anymore, and something has to be said to put a stop to this man’s spring of wickedness. Perhaps, death is the only power that can shut him up, and it may be soon that this old man will be kicking the bucket. The clock is ticking by the seconds.

    Comment by Stephen — November 27, 2012 @ 1:59 PM | Reply

    • EVIL BEGETS EVIL!

      A recent conversation with someone who experienced the vile workings of Mahathirism in the judicial system reveal the following details.

      A non “bumi” litigant was called into the judges chambers and told that he was going to lose his case claiming monetary payment against bumi defendants because a “minority group” (Chinese) could not be seen to enforce his rights over “bumi” regardless of the law!

      So this is how far Malaysia has regressed in the judicial sphere not to mention in all other spheres of life!

      We in Sabah Sarawak did not bargain for this apartheid fascism when we were coerced to agree with forming “Malaysia”.

      It is an example of how UMNO uses is supremacist ideology to break all the agreements made for formation of Malaysia with Sabah and Sarawak.

      Sorry to say the 2 MOST EVIL men in Malaysia are still hanging on despite their ill health. We are thinking of Mahathir and Taib!

      Evil begets evil. This comment from the net is helpful to understand why these men are so evil

      “When someone behaves with an attitude of wickedness, with a desire to hurt others, they will move more and more into a dark place. Why does this happen?

      I have read in Hindu spiritual teachings that when someone does an evil, wicked act, they create within themselves a tendency to do another such act. It will be easier in the future for them to act in this manner again. They will want to hurt others even more. So evil begets evil.

      Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/3028020

      Mahathir’s evil is in constantly throwing up his foul political comments on every subject.

      Taib is a man of action and does all the evil things against the Dayaks repeatedly despite worldwide scrutiny and criticisms of his evil deed.

      Comment by Anon — November 28, 2012 @ 4:22 AM | Reply

  4. There are plenty of names in Umno linked to corruption. From top to bottom, Umno is sodden with corruption at every layer of its leadership. Some are just exemplary, like the case of Istana Zakaria in Klang. This is a sad tale of ‘harapkan pagar, pagar makan padi’ or put in other more suitable words,
    ‘harapkan Umno, Umno makan rakyat’.

    Comment by Tensai — November 27, 2012 @ 12:34 PM | Reply

  5. ” WE are not that corrupt ” huuh,that’s like Mahathir saying” Of course I’ve directed Petronas to give projects to my sons, other PM has done that too ” What the Fork!!!!. IDEAS is another ball licking NGO or whatever,blinded than a Bat.What actually do they mean not that CORRUPT, isn’t 800 billions debt,which our children has to suffer paying ( like stated by Mukriz ) isn’t enough corruption??? Oh well I forgot,those in Ideas/BN and their children are all well off, siphoning most of the 800 billion thru the years,so stupid of me…Oouch!!

    Comment by Lok1 — November 27, 2012 @ 11:13 AM | Reply

  6. ‘Cow gate”, Musa gate”, ‘ Dam gate”, ‘ Hummer gate”..etc………isn’t all these real bad already and yet Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) said that corruption in Malaysia is not as bad as what the public perceives.

    Comment by gagojackman — November 27, 2012 @ 10:52 AM | Reply

    • NO IDEAS!

      Comment by Anon — November 28, 2012 @ 5:40 PM | Reply

  7. How many political leaders and ministers had been investigated by MACC for abuse of power and corruption from 1978 to 2012? The answer is obvious and shows our government is rotten and corrupted to the core.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — November 27, 2012 @ 8:46 AM | Reply

    • Head of MACC, EC, PDRM and the AG who happened to be Malay are all millionaires. Was this the sole reason why the social contract was of utmost importance to the elite Malays within UMNO ?

      Comment by Mata Kuching — November 27, 2012 @ 9:23 PM | Reply


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