Vietnam: Corruption Found in Central Province

Wrongdoings in budget estimation, settlement, collection and expenditure worth somewhere close to VND 100 billion or USD $ 4.4 million have been discovered in the central province of Nghe An during the first half of this year.

The province's tax sector has conducted inspections at 529 enterprises, from which it proposed to return VND42.3 billion (USD$ 1.9 million) of illicitly withheld funds to the state budget, as well as imposing fines of VND 13.9 billion ($611,000) on miscreant enterprises. More action is to be taken in future by the provincial government to continue its fight against corruption.

To read more, visit the Vietnam News website here.

Philippines: BIR Racks up 40 cases of Tax Evasion this Year

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has already filed a total of 40 criminal complaints under its Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) program as of the end of June 30th, 2017.

Originally initiated in 2005 as part of efforts to raise revenues for the government through effective and efficient collection of taxes, quality services to taxpayers, and impartial and uniform enforcement of tax laws, the BIR filed its 40th RATE case last June 30th against a Caloocan-based businessman with the Department of Justice for failing to pay deficiency taxes for the taxable year of 2010 amounting to P4.92 million, inclusive of surcharges and interests.

To read more, visit the Philstar here.

 

Malaysia: Rope in Rural Folk to Fight Corruption

In this opinion piece by Dr. M. Saravanabavan of the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC), he responds to calls by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Chief Commissioner Datuk Dzulkifi Ahmad for the general public to assist in reporting corruption by becoming the eyes and ears of the MACC under the "Sahabat SPRM" (Friends of the MACC) program.

In the letter, he emphasises the need for structural and cultural reforms that mainly affect urban areas to also be made known and available to rural regions, citing the need for education and capacity building in those areas.

 

To read more, visit The Star here.

Singapore joins International Partners to Tackle Global Grand Corruption

To tackle the menance of global grand corruption, Singapore's Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) has joined law enforcement agencies from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and USA in launching a new International Anti-Corruption Coordination Centre (IACCC). It is the first multinational centre intended to coordinate law enforcement action against global grand corruption.

The London-based IACCC is envisaged to improve information-sharing by bringing together specialist law enforcement officers from multiple jurisdictions into a single location. It is being hosted by the National Crime Agency (NCA) of the United Kingdom and will continue till 2021.

This combined effort at the new IACCC centre wil enable and improve fast real-time information and intelligence sharing, assist countries that have suffered from grand corruption and help bring corrupt elites to justice.

To read more, visit Connected to India here.

The e-KTP Case and Indonesia's Struggle to Fight Corruption

Two special events concerning the ongoing high-profile corruption case which allegedly implicates a number of lawmakers including those with well-placed positions.

The first event was a group of several members of the House of Representatives (DPR) visiting the Sukamiskin prison in West Java where notorious corruptors are held.

The second occurrence was a group of four university professors coming to the Presidential Office at the State Palace compound to urge President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo to strongly ask House lawmakers to not 'disrupt' the work of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

The events highlight a concern from the public, including university professors as to why politicians at the House seem intent upon curbing or even putting an end to the existence of the KPK. 

To read more, visit the Global Indonesian Voice here.

MMEA Commitment to Fighting Graft Lauded

The Maritime Enforcement Agency's (MMEA) commitment to fighting corruption has received praise from the country's graft busters.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has acknowledged the agency as being among the most helpful enforcement bodies in their fight against corruption.

MACC deputy chief commissioner of management and professionalism Datuk Seri Mohd Jamidan Abdullah noted that MMEA officers had a tendency to call upon the MACC whenever they had been offered bribes and were generally cooperative with the MACC, citing their honesty and cooperativeness despite the potential within the organisation for corruption to be high.

To read more, visit The Star here.

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