Malaysia's Corruption At Critical Level

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Malaysia's Corruption At Critical Level

Post by noble-man on 2008-06-13, 00:15

Agence France-Presse - 6/12/2008 9:05 AM GMT
Malaysia's corruption at critical level: watchdog
Corruption in Malaysia has reached a critical level as the country falls in international rankings, a graft watchdog announced Thursday, warning the government to act or lose its competitiveness.

The UN's Asia-Pacific Human Development Report highlighted an International Country Risk Guide finding which saw Malaysia decline from a score of 4.00 in 1996 to 2.38 in 2006, with a lower score representing greater corruption.

"It is worrying because it is a business index which reflects on our domestic investment, foreign direct investment and confidence in the economy," said Ramon Navaratnam, country head of graft watchdog Transparency International.

"Corruption is at a critical level here," he said.

He said corruption in Malaysia was deeply entrenched in the negotiation of contracts. Bribes were paid to government officials to speed up trade licences, for police protection and for loan transactions.

"Our economic structure, the way we do business here, needs to be reviewed, renewed and redesigned," Navaratnam said, warning that Malaysia could lose its competitive edge if it remained "complacent and inefficient."

"Malaysia can do much better if there is stronger political will to fight corruption. Given the rapid pace of globalisation and increasing economic competition among Asian countries, it's time to pull our socks up," he said.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was elected on an anti-corruption platform in March 2004, but opposition leaders say progress has been slow.

Following his government's recent drubbing in national polls he announced several measures to tackle corruption and reform what many view as a compliant judiciary.

A royal commission recently authenticated a tape showing a top lawyer brokering judicial appointments with the help of politicians during the premiership of former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad.

Earlier this week, a senior judge said judges were indoctrinated and threatened with dismissal to pressure them into making pro-government decisions during the former premier's rule.

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Post by DatukBendahara on 2008-06-13, 07:42

A change of score from 4.00 to 2.38 is not impressive enough. Malaysians always being taught to be number 1 in everything. So Malaysia need to do more to get a perfect score of 1. Malaysia Boleh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Post by Rifdee on 2008-06-14, 12:48

'Malaysia Boleh' indeed. Why has corruption become so ingrained in our society?

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Post by Racing_Camel on 2008-07-01, 19:10

The things happening now are so unimaginable yet so real. Semuanya kerana political survival and money. Hancur malaysia macam ni...

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Post by Rifdee on 2008-07-01, 21:24

I call it corruption at a sophisticated level.

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Post by Rifdee on 2008-11-18, 23:03

Any updates on this subject NobleMan?

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Re: Malaysia's Corruption At Critical Level

Post by kutu_beramboi on 2008-11-19, 13:17

When there is no true faith in GOD, this is what happening. Bear in mind that it can happen to us too.

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