Malaysia: Penang's Corruption-Free Pledge Ceremony Deferred to Next Week

The DAP-led Penang government's Corruption-Free Pledge 10 plus ceremony has been postponed till next week as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Chief Commissioner, Datuk Dzulkifi Ahmad is unable to attend.

To read more, visit the Malay Online here.

Philippines to Abolish Agency Hunting Marcos Plunder

The government of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's government has plans to abolish the agency that is tasked with recovering the billions of dollars in plunder from the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his allies.

The announcement coincides with the remarkably swift political rehabilitation of the Marcos clan, which was responsible for accelerating the rise of President Rodrigo Duterte to power. Some speculate that the abolition of the agency has much to do with securing the political ambitions of the late former President's son, popularly known as "Bongbong" to run for the Presidency one day.

To read more, visit Channel News Asia here.

Thailand:PACC: Paddy Storage Graft 'Cost B90 Billion'

More than 90 billion baht in damages has been accrued as a result of fraud in paddy storage for the rice-pledging scheme as reported by the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC). The warehouse had made an agreement with the Public Warehouse Organisation (PWO) to keep 5% broken grade white rice and 95% full grain white rice under the 2012-2013 programme.

The allegations were brought to light after inspections found that substandard and deteriorated rice crops harvested between 2008-2011 were stored in the warehouses to replace the illegal selloff of high quality rice grains in 12 different warehouses in Sukhothai.

To read more, visit the Bangkok Post here.

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.

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