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.

To read more, visit Channel News Asia here.

 

Myanmar: Karen State Govt Secretary Detained for Alleged Corruption

The Secretary of the Karen State Government, U Pyone Cho was detained by the Myanmar Anti-Corruption Commission on Sunday, for allegedly being involved in corruption concerning the sale of a land plot in Yangon worth an estimated 100 million kyats where he served as the deputy permanent secretary of the home affairs ministry under Gen Ko Ko back in 2015.

To read more, visit the Irrawaddy here.

Thailand: New Law Must Rake in All Corrupt Figures

The recent National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has decided to approve a law on criminal procedures for holders of political positions that has drawn flak from the general public as it abolishes the statue of limitations for fugitive suspects and grants power to the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions, which would allow cases which have gone to court.

In summary, this mean that cases which have gone to court and even had verdicts issued could be reviewed retrospectively. While the law would force politicians to reconsider commiting any unethical acts, critics have expressed negative views, citing the law as a reactionary legislation against former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra who fled the judicial process after receiving a two year jail term for abuse of power.

To read more, visit the Bangkok Post here.

Myanmar Reform Plan Launched to Strengthen Civil Service

A four year strategic plan aimed at making the civil service more ethical and inclusive with an emphasis on tackling corruption has been drawn up by Myanmar's Union Civil Service Board with assistance from the United Nations Development Programme.

Four key objectives are a part of the plan:

  1. Strengthening Governance
  2. Meritocratic Promotions and Performance-Driven Management Systems
  3. Increase Staff Development & Training Opportunities
  4. Improve Transparency & Accountability

The plan comes at a critical stage as Myanmar's transition from military rule to a democratic republic after the victory of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy in the country's 2015 general election.

To read more, visit the Global Government Forum here.

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