Malaysia: Varsity Students Say Anti-Corruption Module Will be a Burden

An attempt by the government to introduce an anti-corruption module in local universities has already met with resistance and criticism before it began. Universiti Sains Malaysia President Mohd Hazim Abdul Manaf criticised the proposal as an unnecessary burden to undergraduate students.

The idea for the module was mooted by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) as an elective subject for university students to strengthen anti-corruption awareness after a recent survey by the Integrity Institute of Malaysia showed a high number of students found it acceptable to accept bribes in exchange for services rendered.

To read more, visit the Malay Online here.

Indonesia:Graft-Busters with Solid Reputation & Near-Perfect Conviction Rate

Established in 2002, the Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi (KPK), also known in English as the Corruption Eradication Commission, is a product of the Reformasi, the post-Suharto era when Indonesia had a strong impetus to tackle graft and money-laundering when trust of the police was at an all time low after the fall of President Suharto in 1998.

A solid reputation and a near perfect conviction rate of close to 100% during its first 13 years of existence has generated a tremendous amount of support from the domestic and international public, vastly improving its standing in Transparency' International's annual Corruption Perception Index.

The continued attempts by parliament to weaken the agency's powers has thus cast a strong shadow of doubt over the Indonesian government's commitment to tacking corruption.

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Thailand: Bribery Charges Pending in "Tea Money" Scandal

The Office of Basic Education Commission (Obec) said Wednesday there were grounds to allegtions Samsenwittayalai School's director had taken a bribe. Video footage has showcased phone calls and the eexchange of money during a period when Obec had forbidden schools from raising funds.

The investigation, led by a committee set up by Obec is looking into possible disciplinary action against Viroj  Samluan, the director of the Samsenwittayalai who stands accused of demanding 400,000 baht in "tea money" in exchange for enrolling a child at the school.

To read more, visit the Bangkok Post here.

Malaysia: Civil Society Coalition Calls for Separate Independent Corruption Body

A coalition of civil societies has called for the formation of independent bodies to rackle issues of corruption within the country. The Governance, Integrity, Accountability and Transparency (GIAT) was one of the first to propose an independent anti-commission to be set up.

The formation of the commission is part of the five-point agenda of the Good Governance Agenda by thw GIAT which also calls for the strengthening of the 2010 Whistleblower Protection Act and the 2009 Witness Protection Act to aid and protect those who disclose corruption scandals.

To read more, visit the Star here.

Malaysia: Survey Finds One in Three Students Think Corruption is Okay

A survey conducted by the Integrity Institute of Malaysia (IIM) of 402 local University students has revealed that one in three of the students surveyedt surveyed believes that receiving a gift in the form of cash, goods or services in exchange for services rendered is a normal process of conducting affairs.

At least 20.6% of all the students surveyed also believe that the appointment of family or friends to fill psotions in their department is a permissible act. Other findings were also concerning and have lead to IIM President and CEO Datuk Dr. Anis Yusal Yusoff to question the values parted to the youth.

To read more about the survey, visit the Malay Mail Online here.

Malaysia: FELDA not Under Siege says Chairman as Another Unit Probed for Graft

Several Malaysian anti-graft officials visited the investment arm of the Federal land Development Authority (FELDA) on Monday, July 17th as part of a revived investigation into the conglomerate. A move that was welcomed by its chairman Shahrir Samad.

The investigation was carried out after the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) claimed it received information that the FELDA Investment corporation (FIC) had purchased a hotel in Kensingtion, UK between 2013-2015 at a significantly higher price than original, causing the Commission to question the sudden loss of millions of ringgit.

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