Posts Tagged ‘Corruption

28
May
17

Why should Malaysians wait another 33 years for a clean govt?

Why should M’sians wait 33 years for a clean gov’t?

YOURSAY | ‘Why wait until 2050? Corruption could be greatly clipped within three years…’

We may have clean gov’t by 2050, says Umno man

Notsoshiningarmour: “I believe the government will continue fostering the country, and in the end we will have civil servants and private sector of high integrity, and by 2050 – believe it – we will have a leader who is truly of high integrity,” Federal Territories Umno Youth chief Mohd Razlan Rafii (photo) told a TN50 dialogue session in Titiwangsa on Sunday.

Here is an Umno man admitting that we have a corrupt government and that if you need to clean it up, it will take 33 years. That itself will tell you how corrupt this government is, and that is the reason why Umno needs to be purged and the entire BN be removed from government forever.

Odin Tajué: The lack of integrity in Malaysia’s leader must be so obvious that we see here even an Umno Baru man has found denial of the shortcoming impossible, and he has publicly confirmed it. So, that part is settled. The said leader has no integrity. That is not at all flattering for him.

Now to the next part – grooming of future leaders to be people of integrity. To put it simply, ‘integrity’ in this context really means ‘absence of the desire to steal’. The grooming will be a tough exercise. Corruption is entrenched in Malaysia. It began way back when, for example, the notorious ‘so how’? (apa macam?) question became a joke decades ago.

The auditor-general’s reports have been revealing many ‘stupid-and-so-not-prosecutable’ people also since decades ago. Gossips about the seeming wealth-found-overnight of the politicians in the government also began decades ago.

Bad habits are difficult to break. But if that is so, the fact that the rotan, figuratively speaking, has hardly ever been used has contributed to the perpetuating of the habit of stealing. To stop stealing, you cane the head of the thieving gang – and cane him so hard that his members will squirm and shiver in fear – and then you cane them. Also very hard.

But only the junior members of the gang have been caned. Even then, only a few of them. To kill a thieving snake, you cut off its head, not its tail. But all that has been done is not even cutting off its tail but only nicking at it.

You are aiming for 2050 to have a leader with integrity? At the rate things are going in Malaysia, it will make no difference whether you have a thief or a saint helming the government. Because even if he is a thief, there will be nothing left for him to steal.

Anonymous #44199885: Malaysians are being told that they must live with corruption, abuse of power, kleptocracy, theft of public funds, money laundering, dissipation of our assets and illicit fund flows and the sale of our land, our sovereign rights and all critical industries to foreigners in an attempt to plug the hole until 2050.

This is the vision of Umno Youth. I wonder which consultant assessed the amount money to be made and stolen from the country that Umno Youth can confidently say that there will be no corruption by 2050.

It is an amazing plan that we need 33 years to end corruption and find a leader with high integrity. Umno’s promise for GE14 is clear, it will not change and all will be BAU (business as usual) for 30 more years.

While Indonesia is making great strides in combatting and ending corruption, Umno has a 30-year plan.

XED: Why should ordinary people be denied a life in a fair and just society now? Corruption results in the unfair allocation of resources. An example: the prices of houses go up when housing developers pay bribes to get approvals, licences and permits. The cost of the bribes get worked into the final prices of the houses.

As this country goes down the slope, one of the laws of physics will apply, the one regarding acceleration. No bouncing up at the bottom of the slope, only a sinking into a sea of muck.

There was a time when families in the Philippines took in maids from Hong Kong. Today, Hong Kong is full of Filipino maids. At the present rate, by 2050, many Malaysians will go to Indonesia as labourers and domestic maids. And many more non-Malays will have taken their assets and skills to other countries, leaving behind a narrower tax (and exploitation) base.

The lazy rich will find there is less to take from the other races and will likely exploit even more from the poor amongst their kind. With the brain drain and the flight of non-Malay capital, there would be even more dumbing down of Malaysians.

It is a big mistake to think that the flight of non-Malay skills and capital will bring prosperity for the growing Malay population. Look at the long-crippled economies of countries like Zimbabwe and Uganda.

Why are huge numbers of Muslims fleeing the abodes of Islam for the heathen countries of the West, risking their lives and sacrificing their belongings?

Vijay47: This statement seemingly of a new hope carries with it several possibilities of interpretation. Was Mohd Razlan talking seriously about what the future could bring, was he being sarcastic, or was he being realistic about the present state of affairs in the country?

Under other more credible circumstances, Malaysians would share his confidence in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), but as long as that large elephant in the room remains free to smugly fly the skies, we would never have full trust in MACC and efforts to eliminate corruption.

There would always be that lingering suspicion that everything is just an act to distract us. Why wait another 33 years? Corruption could be greatly clipped within three years if enforcement agencies were given a free hand to clean the premises, from attic to cellar.

Until then, people may believe that Mohd Razlan also comes from Indiana University.

RM2.6 Billion Turkey Haram: Wait for another 30 years to clean up the government? We do not have luxury of time. By then, the country would be bankrupt. Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew just took a few years to transform the Singapore government to a clean one.

Catch the Malaysian Official 1 (MO1) now, and the rest follow. Surely the government will be clean instantly.

Clever Voter: There is a recognition that the nation is infected with corruption disease, but a denial that BN is incapable of curing the addiction.

If the nation is to be corruption-free, or at least achieve a significant reduction, BN has to do two things. One option is step aside and allow others to govern. Or put back the governance structure filled with committed individuals who act on behalf of the nation rather than political parties or individuals.

Both are doable but deeply embedded patronage system that churns out rent-seekers and apple-polishers will prevent this from happening. Changing these bad habits will upset many as the food chain nourishing the patronage system runs deep. We have only option one left.

Headhunter: Malaysians have a choice, wait for another 33 years for the plundering to stop (there’s no guarantee that it will) by voting for BN or decide at the 14th general election that enough is enough.

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Why should M’sians wait 33 years for a clean gov’t?
27 May 2017 – malaysiakini

22
May
17

Those who just smile with no shame

Dr M: Japanese willing to kill themselves out of shame, but…

Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been touring the Malay heartlands in a bid to convince them to vote for his Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) in the next general election instead of Umno.

In his latest blog posting, the former premier decided to touch a raw nerve.

He noted how the Japanese were willing to kill themselves out of shame when unable to perform a task or for doing something which is considered wrong.

However, he argued that the feeling of shame is different among the Malay race, whom he claimed are not perturbed when failing to execute a task given or entrusted to them.

“They do not feel shame even when embezzling money entrusted to them…. There is little shame amongst the Malays.

“Today, this feeling of shame has eroded further. Though having sufficient income, when there is an opportunity to embezzle money, shame does not prevent them from committing this wrongdoing.

“Many are willing to accept whatever that is given for free without reservations. The source (of the funds) is never questioned,” he added.

The former premier also criticised the act of apple polishing, stating that some are willing to do certain things out of the desire to earn praise from their master.

“There is no shame when the person’s action is detected. The person feels no shame in abusing rights to apple polish his master,” he added.

‘Smile with no shame’

Mahathir said there are also those who just smile with no shame when accused of thieving.

“A feeling of shame should envelope society when an individual or a group among them is involved in a crime.

“But today, the Malays feel no shame in being led by those who are known to have committed theft and various other crimes.

“Instead of distancing themselves from such leaders, many are willing to share the spoils. There are those who help cover up the crimes, claiming that the leader had no knowledge or was duped.

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Dr M: Japanese willing to kill themselves out of shame, but…
18 May 2017

27
Mar
17

People of South Korea cannot accept leaders being involved in corruption

Lessons from South Korea

MP SPEAKS The people of South Korea cannot, for once, accept any of their leaders being involved in any corruption.

As a Muslim, I find it interesting that despite the fact that South Korea is not dominated by a Muslim population and hence are not exposed to the prophetic tradition which reads “An offeror and an offeree of corruption are dwelled in hellfire”, yet, their commitment to fighting corruption is definitely higher than many Muslims, even in any Muslim-dominated nations.

That is why the South Koreans could not tolerate the ‘corrupt practices’ perpetrated by their former president, Park Geun-hye. Park was implicated with corruption and cronyism. She was alleged to have conspired with her confidante Choi Soon-sil to pressure several companies, including Samsung, to give a huge donation to two non-profitable foundations set up by Choi.

I pause momentarily here. It is fascinating to note that, coincidentally, in a financial scandal in our Bolehland involving none other than our prime minister, we also hear of the donation of big money – RM2.6 billion. We also hear that our prime minister has a cordial friendship with Jho Low.

It seems that our situation is similar to South Korea. Truth be told, there are actually huge differences. In South Korea, Park was duly impeached by parliament. She was also found guilty by a constitutional court with a stunning vote of 8-0. Here, however, it never happened that way.

Being a parliamentarian, I also find it tempting to emulate my fellow parliamentarians in South Korea. There, the parliament really played its crucial role in democracy – unbridled check and balance of the executive.

Last December, the Korean parliament voiced out its abhorrence against its ‘corrupt’ president by impeaching her with a very large margin of votes. That, in my view, is how the parliament should have acted. Unfortunately, in our beloved country, I dare to say that our legislature has become only a rubber stamp.

I don’t think, given the present political climate, the Malaysian Parliament would be able to impeach our prime minister ever. As Parliamentarians, we cannot even raise the issue of 1MDB in our so-called August House.

The Korean parliament did the impeachment against its own president with a convincing number of votes. The bill for impeaching Park managed to secure 234 votes out of 300 members of parliament. The South Korean law stipulates that in order to impeach the president, the parliament must have at least 200 votes supporting the impeachment.

The validity of such an impeachment may be challenged in the constitutional court. Park had challenged her impeachment in the constitutional court but failed. The court, on the contrary, duly confirmed the parliamentary impeachment against Park with its mesmerising verdict.

We may ask ourselves as to why both the parliament and court were very bold in ousting the president who was still holding office. I would say that happened because both institutions are not detached from the people. They knew that they represented the ordinary people on the street. They shared the plight of ordinary people combatting corruption, especially among the upper echelon.

The people in South Korea fought through a ferocious winter, participating in gargantuan assemblies demanding that the authorities oust Park from the office for committing corruption and cronyism. The parliament and constitutional court duly heard and in turn endorsed their voices.

MOHAMED HANIPA MAIDIN is the MP for Sepang.

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Lessons from South Korea
Mohamed Hanipa Maidin
15 Mar 2017 – Malaysiakini

21
Mar
16

RM100m civil servant: Time to widen the probe

RM100m civil servant: Time to widen the probe

Rarely can a single person act alone to steal so much for so long from government’s coffers – it is time to find out if others were either negligent or acted in collusion with him.

COMMENT

I am puzzled by the report that a senior civil servant was nabbed in a RM100 million scam from which he benefitted RM20 million. Arrested with him were (said to be) contractors from companies that received payments from his ministry. It seemed the scam started way back in 2010.

So far the report has focused on the items recovered from this particular official – luxury cars, jewellery, expensive watches and handbags – which to me seem quite immaterial. Aren’t these just loot or ill-gotten gains?

To me the investigation should rightly focus on how this official was able to amass such ill-gotten gains from the ministry single-handedly and to do so undetected for so long.

Did this official have a superior who was supposed to supervise or oversee his work? Did he have subordinates who carried out his instructions or directives? Did his ministry have a finance department that prepared and authorised payments? What about the involvement of the Accountant-General’s office in issuing cheques or transferring money to recipients? Finally, what about annual auditing – how did they not discover anything was amiss since 2010?

There are rules, procedures and authorisation that must be adhered to in all government ministries and agencies. Rarely can one single person transact or effect payment without the knowledge, supporting duties and approval of a network of others.

Was this official’s boss sleeping? Were the finance department, the Accountant-General’s office and auditor blind or just plain ignorant? If indeed they were, what is there to prevent another official to repeat the same process and rob the government blind again?

Rarely can a single person act alone to steal so much for so long from the government’s coffers. To me, he must have been supported by others who were either negligent or acted in collusion with him. It is time for the authorities to widen the probe.

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RM100m civil servant: Time to widen the probe
By T K Chua
March 21, 2016 – FMT

03
Feb
16

Japanese Minister resigns for receiving $101,000 – to be declared as political donation!

Japan’s Economy Minister Akira Amari has said he is resigning amid corruption allegations.

Mr Amari unexpectedly made the announcement at a press conference in Tokyo on Thursday.

But he again denied personally receiving bribes from a construction company, as had been alleged by a Japanese magazine.

The development will be seen as a significant blow for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Mr Amari, who has been minister of state for economic and fiscal policy since late 2012, has been widely described as one of Mr Abe’s most trusted members of parliament.

As Japan’s lead negotiator for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, Mr Amari was expected to travel to New Zealand next week to sign the agreement.

He was also regarded as the architect of Abenomics – Mr Abe’s plan to pull the world’s third largest economy out of deflation.

“This is possibly the biggest scandal the Abe administration has faced,” said the BBC’s Mariko Oi.

“His resignation will probably raise even more questions over Mr Abe’s economic policies – or Abenomics,” our correspondent added.

“It may also raise further opposition within Japan to the TPP.”

Mr Amari will be replaced by Nobuteru Ishihara, formerly the country’s environment minister.

A local magazine had reported last week that Mr Amari and his aides were given money and gifts worth some 12m yen ($101,000; £70,500) by a construction company in return for some favours linked to land ownership.

Mr Amari said he did receive money which he wanted declared as a political donation, however, he said some of it was mishandled by his staff.

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Japanese economy minister Akira Amari quits over bribery claims
28 January 2016 – BBC

16
Dec
15

Stupidity plus corruption is worse!

Stupidity plus corruption is worse! – T. K. Chua

I wrote this piece before I chanced upon Tony Pua’s “outrageously stupid agreements” as published today. I have taken another approach to look at the “stupidity”.

When we say corruption is killing this country, we are perhaps only half right. I think a more comprehensive answer is corruption plus stupidity.

True, corruption trades away public/national interests in exchange for private gains. But if public officials are sufficiently stupid, the giveaways are far greater than the private gains they solicited.

This is what I gathered from most of the events unfolding around us today.

Do our public officials know the worth of guarantee letters issued by the Ministry of Finance? Do they know how much they have short-changed the country in return for the pittance they have received, if indeed they are corrupted? Seriously, I think we need brains to be corrupted too.

Crony capitalists, project promoters and highway concessionaires have never had it so good in this country.

When they get a privatised project, the government guarantees them revenue flows, profits and even loans they take from the banks.

Immediately, the feasibility of these projects is thrown to the wind. Who would want to work out the risk and return trade-off when the government has stood as the guarantor for everything?

The guarantees have assured the promoters to make an enormous amount of money practically with no risk. It is just a one way bet for them. When they make money, it belongs to them. When they lose money, the government bails them out or takes over.

The promoters get loans from banks easily, sometimes even generously evaluated. But who cares when banks and the promoters know that these loans are guaranteed by the government. If the promoters can’t pay, the government will pay on their behalf. Loans have effectively become incomes to some of these promoters.

This is the degree of moral hazard we are facing today where promoters of projects and crony capitalists are not concerned with risks and inefficiency since they are securely protected by the government. Seriously, what could be more lucrative and beneficial than doing business without risks and over and above that, using other people’s money?

Through sheer stupidity, public officials have given away billions to crony capitalists, privatised concessionaires and promoters without them realising it. The “tragedy” is some of these public officials are not even corrupted. – October 16, 2015.

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Stupidity plus corruption is worse! – T. K. Chua
16 October 2015 – TMI

30
Sep
15

Nothing wrong with obtaining evidence on corruption

OPINION: There is nothing wrong with obtaining evidence on corruption, and instead of investigating those who are supposedly doing so, the police should thank them for helping to do the job that cops are sworn to do; unearthing and stopping crimes in all forms.

Indeed it would serve the police more to perhaps take their 112 statements as witnesses, rather than to interrogate them for alleged offenses under Section 124B for activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy, or Section 120 for allegedly wanting to topple the government.

If unearthing corruption and graft is an activity that is detrimental to parliamentary democracy, then the police might as well arrest the entire Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, their own Commercial Crimes Division and all journalists.

For digging up evidence or allegations of corruption, graft and abuses of power are the very bread and butter of MACC investigators, commercial crime division cops and investigating reporters.

Indeed it is this very thing that law enforcement and regulatory authorities are supposed to be doing themselves, instead of harassing, arresting and threatening those who are allegedly doing so.

Furthermore, there is a clear separation between the system of governance, the ruling party and the chief executive. The party is not the government, just as the chief executive is not the party.

Government by consensus is not and cannot be dominated by one man, else it would be more akin to an authoritarian regime, or to put simply a dictatorship.

Within the ruling party, taking down the chief executive is the norm in mature democracies, even outside of elections as intra-party leadership challenges are common, as what has been shown to us by the numerous times Australia changes PMs.

And within the Parliament, it is also the norm in mature democracies for elected lawmakers to hold extra-electoral change of alliances that may bring down a sitting government, and replace it with a new one as support bases can change.

And if wanting to remove a corrupt or unpopular leader is a crime, then the police might as well arrest all politicians and all registered voters, break up all the political parties, seal up the Election Commission and suspend elections and Parliament for good.

For democratic elections, internal politicking within political parties and the Parliament itself contain devices by which leader who are unpopular and who no longer hold the confidence of the majority of the lawmakers, can be displaced via elections or other means.

Indeed these very activities are the lifeblood of the democratic process, that ensures it truly is a government of the people by the people.

Truly it is those who want to suppress such democratic mechanisms to stay in power, who are committing acts that are against parliamentary democracy and indeed public interest.

What more, most guilty are those who interfere with the staffing, transfers and dismissals of attorney generals, MACC investigators, Special Branch chiefs and key public officials.

For they are not only acting against parliamentary democracy but are interfering with and insulting the very bedrock of our nation and its governance, the institutions, including the police, which should be the bulwark to safeguard public interest .

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Nothing wrong with obtaining evidence on corruption
18/9/15 – theantdaily.com




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for the triumph of evil
is for good men
to do nothing.

- Edmund Burke
When the people
fears their government,
there is TYRANNY;
when the government
fears the people,
there is LIBERTY.

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