Vietnam to crack down on day-to-day corruption in 2018: Party chief

Tackling corruption at a local level and filtering out corrupt officials are on the campaign's main agenda.
Vietnam's Communist Party will step up its fight against corruption this year to weed out violations committed at a local level, according to Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.

Trong, who also chairs the Central Steering Committee on Anti-Corruption, discussed plans for 2018 and reviewed the progress made in 2017 as the committee convened for its 13th session on Monday.

The committee concluded that its efforts last year had left no "off-limits zones" in the fight against corruption, and had transformed itself into a more effective, professional and responsible organization.

"What we accomplished was very clear and widely supported by the people. The fight against corruption has become a movement that has created a good impression and reinforced public trust," Trong said.

Throughout the year, new regulations regarding inspections, management and the appointment and transfer of officials were issued to help prevent and tackle violations. The committee also stepped up inspections to detect and deal with violations, helping recover trillions of dong (more than $44 million) for the state budget.

Authorities were also able to speed up major corruption trials and hand down "open, transparent and humane verdicts". According to Trong, this transparency, with help from the media, has helped show the Party's determination to fight corruption and gain the support of the people.

Read the full original article at VnExpress.net.

Singapore reviewing anti-graft law amid mounting calls to make it tougher

Singapore’s anti-corruption watchdog said it is reviewing the country’s primary anti-graft law.

The review is taking place in the wake of high-profile revelations of criminal wrongdoing at companies in the city-state, though a spokeswoman for the island-state’s Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) said the move was “not connected” to those events.

Keppel Corp, which counts state investor Temasek Holdings [TEM.UL] as its largest shareholder, has agreed to pay more than $422 million to resolve probes by U.S., Brazilian and Singapore authorities on charges it bribed Brazilian officials.

The Keppel case was followed by the disclosure of extensive oil theft at Shell’s biggest refinery, leading to charges against employees of the Singaporean subsidiary of the oil giant and people who worked for one of Singapore’s biggest marine fuel suppliers.

The cases have dented Singapore’s squeaky-clean image. It is ranked seventh-least corrupt nation in the world according to Transparency International, the global anti-corruption coalition based in Berlin.

Legal experts say that Singapore’s Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA), the primary anti-graft law enacted in 1960, is outdated and inadequate in punishing and deterring wrongdoing in the corporate sector and needs to be bolstered.

Read the full original article at Reuters.

 

Crony capitalism is too high a price to pay for development, says PM

Some of the country's development under a former leader had come with an unnecessary price tag in the form of a class of crony capitalists whose wealth came at the cost of ordinary Malaysians, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic).

In his keynote address at Invest Malaysia 2018 conference here Tuesday, the prime minister said his government vowed this would end as it had learned lessons from past mistakes in planning Malaysia's economic transformation, confronting many legacy issues along the way.

Citing public transport as an example, he said the matter was neglected for decades resulting in it being incoherent, with different owners and systems, and certainly no integration.

“One man’s obsession with the idea of a national car – which is now being turned round under international joint ownership – led to Malaysia lacking an efficient public transport system.

“This was a serious obstacle to our ambition to achieve high income status and for Kuala Lumpur to be a world class capital. So, we immediately took steps to rectify that and indicated that public transport would be a top priority for the Government,” said Najib who is also finance minister.

Taking aim at the Independent Power Plant (IPP) concessions signed by the Government during that time, Najib said they were so lopsided that consumers had to pay far more for energy than they should have, even energy they were not using.

Read the full original article at The Star Online.

Registration system ‘hit by graft and negligence’

Discrepancies, disorganisation, bribe-taking and carelessness are plaguing the government’s attempts to count how many births, deaths and marriages take place each year in the Kingdom, officials said yesterday.

Interior Minister Sar Kheng said the country’s disorderly civil registration system has resulted in records rife with misspellings, incorrect ages, duplications and other irregularities – adding that part of the problem is officials taking “unofficial payments” to falsify documents to help people find work overseas.

“Some of our officials who are in charge of records have participated in this,” Kheng said at the ministry’s General Department of Identification year-end meeting in Phnom Penh yesterday.

Cambodia’s civil registration records were destroyed under the Khmer Rouge, and the government has since had to rebuild them from scratch. In 2016, the government launched a $48 million plan to identify and register every Cambodian with a personal ID code in a comprehensive electronic system by 2026. However, officials yesterday acknowledged the plan had been slow to get off the ground due to lack of technical expertise.

Mao Channara, head of the General Department of Identification, said the public’s understanding of the benefits of maintaining such records was still limited – as was the training of local officials.

Read the full original article at The Phnom Penh Post.

Vietnamese leader calls for strengthening fight against corruption

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong Monday said fight against corruption should be continuously accelerated with higher determination, perseverance and efficiency this year.

During the 13th session of the Central Steering Committee on Corruption Prevention and Control, Trong, who is also head of the steering committee, called for hastening the process of refining mechanisms on socio-economic management and corruption prevention and control.

He also called for raising public awareness in fighting corruption, Vietnam News Agency reported.

It is also necessary to strengthen inspecting and auditing fields, he said.

Late last year, the steering committee agreed on plans to finalize the investigation, prosecution and judgment regarding 23 corruption and economic cases in 2017 and in the first quarter of 2018.

Read the full original article at Xinhuanet.

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong Monday said fight against corruption should be continuously accelerated with higher determination, perseverance and efficiency this year.

During the 13th session of the Central Steering Committee on Corruption Prevention and Control, Trong, who is also head of the steering committee, called for hastening the process of refining mechanisms on socio-economic management and corruption prevention and control.

He also called for raising public awareness in fighting corruption, Vietnam News Agency reported.

It is also necessary to strengthen inspecting and auditing fields, he said.

Late last year, the steering committee agreed on plans to finalize the investigation, prosecution and judgment regarding 23 corruption and economic cases in 2017 and in the first quarter of 2018.

Mazlan yet to produce ‘6,000 letters’ linking Karpal, Anwar to graft, court told

Until today, Umno politician Mazlan Ismail had not produced the thousands of letters he claimed he possessed which allegedly linked the late Karpal Singh and Anwar Ibrahim to corruption, the court heard today.

"The PKR office, my office and Karpal's office never received any letters. Karpal and I did not receive any information that he (Mazlan) has delivered (the letters) to our office. Up until today he has not handed over any letters," said Anwar, in reply to a question from his lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo during a hearing on his defamation suit against Mazlan, TV3 and Utusan.

Mazlan is the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission chief operating officer, and the former Barisan Nasional Permatang Pauh candidate.

Anwar is suing the three parties for defamation over TV3 and Utusan’s reports of Mazlan’s claim that more than 6,000 letters linking Anwar and Karpal to graft were in his possession.

Read the full original article at The Malaysian Insight.

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