Indonesia:Powerful Indonesian Insider Faces Corruption Charges

Setya Novanto, one of the most powerful politicians and the House Speaker of Indonesia has once again been embroiled in another scandal. Mr. Novanto who was acquitted in 2015 for allegations in seeking a bribe from Freeport McMoran, the US-based mining giant.

Recently in July, Setya who is also the chairman of Indonesia's oldest political Golkar, was named a suspect in a scandal over the procurement of a new national electronic identity card by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). It is estimated that the scandal, which has been the biggest to engulf the House of Representatives has embezzled close to Rp 2.3 trillion (US$ 180.05 million)

To read more, visit the Asia Sentinel here.

Thailand: Thai Government to Seize 12 of Yingluck's Bank Accounts

Twelve of ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra's bank accounts are to be seized by the Department of Legal Execution in the first civil liability action suit. The former premier is charged with corruption related to the rice pledging scheme which has caused tremendous financial damage to Thailand in an estimated amount of several hundred billion baht.

Aside from the civil liability lawsuit, ex-premier Yingluck is also facing a Supreme Court verdict on criminal charges in which she is accused of negligence of official duties whilst implementing the rice pledging scheme. The verdict is due on August 25th 2017.

To read more, visit the Daily Star here.

Malaysia: Zahid on Corruption: Fish Rots from the Head

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Haimidi has said that when it comes to combating corruption, it is essential to start with those at the top, hence the quote "Fish Rots from the Head".

The Deputy Prime Minister has made calls for a joint effort between the government and the opposition to eradicate corruption despite accusations that the opposition party was tainted by graft.

On top of this, DPM Haimidi has vowed to make the home ministry a graft-free agency, citing stern punishments for those found guilty of corruption and graft within the agency.

To read more, visit Free Malaysia Today here.

Malaysia: Senior Tax Officials Gets 10 years for Bribery

Senior tax officer Handang Soekarno has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment by the Jakarta Corruption Court for accepting bribes related to a tax evasion case involving sourcing firm PT EK Prima Ekspor Indonesia (EKP). Handang was also ordered to pay Rp 500 million (US$ 37 540) in fines or receive an additional four months imprisonment.

To read more, visit the Jakarta Post here.

Singapore: Ex-RSAF Engineer Charged with Offences over Contracts Worth $1.76M

Friday, 21st July 2017 saw ex-RSAF engineer charged with cheating the government in awarding contracts related to aircraft repair and maintenance worth close to $1.76 million in a serious case of conflict of interests.

Rajkumar Padmanthan, while employed as a Republic of Singapore Air Force engineer had concealed the fact that he owned and controlled Goodwill Aviations System (GAS) which he recommended as a contractor to the RSAF while under its employ. He also was accused of bribing RSAF engineer Sung Way Xiong for pricing information related to tenders.

To read more, visit the Straits Times here.

 

Thailand: PACC Chief Prayong Keeps up Graft Fight

In spite of only having three months left before he retires, Prayong Preeyajit, the secretary-general of the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) is committed towards chasing culprits behind high profile graft cases.

Formed in 2008, the PACC focuses on corruption cases involving low ranking state officials whilst the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), the independent body, focuses on politicians and high ranking individuals. For his remaining time in office, Mr. Prayong will be focused on Thailand's key graft cases which are in the public limelight, such as the alleged alfeasance in the rice pledging scheme and alleged embezzlement of temple maintenance funds.

To read more, visit the Bangkok Post here.

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