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.

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.

To read more, visit the Straits Times here.

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.

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