Restore integrity – Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The Sun Daily

(Deputy President, HAKAM)

THE jail term imposed on Khir Toyo for corruption committed while he held the people’s trust as the mentri besar of Selangor shows the level to which our political leaders have descended to. This is not the first such case. Another Selangor MB was also jailed for corruption. A Johor MB was exposed by the Supreme Court of usurping land meant for army veterans for himself and his cronies. The 1980s cooperative scandals resulted in jail terms of political stalwarts. The PKFZ scandal implicated high-ranking politicians.

Although prosecutions are far and in between – a tip of the iceberg as not all cases are “discovered” or revealed – it reflects the unabated decay of the body politic.

Corruption is more than a matter of jailing wrongdoers. It diverts or denies services intended for the people, it empties state coffers. Ultimately it bankrupts nations.

Invariably, the corrupt disguise the gratification they receive. These ingenious contrivances are criminal nonetheless, as the MACC Act makes clear. A corrupt “gratification” can be in the form of money, donation, gift, loan, fee, reward, valuable security, property or interest in property, financial benefit, or any other similar advantage. Read more

A price tag for human organs

Source: The Star Online

A new Act aimed at stopping the illegal organ trade involving Malaysian patients is currently being studied by the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

The new Bill will have deterrent elements that will criminalise any organ trading and trafficking with clear penalties. – Datuk Dr Ghazali Ahmad, who is Hospital Kuala Lumpur nephrology department head and senior consultant.

DISHEARTENED by the prospect of a long wait for a transplant, kidney patient Simon (not his real name) decided to take a chance on a deal to get the organ in China.

Paying a significant amount of money to a third party, the 50-year-old businessman flew to China and was checked into a facility for eight days.

“I lived in fear of being discovered. I could not sleep,” he says of his time there, as such unregulated private transplants are illegal in China.

The operation was a success, says Simon, and he is currently on a course of anti-rejection drugs that costs him a few thousand ringgit a month.

Asked what made him resort to such drastic measures, he says he might have had to wait years for a transplant through regular channels in Malaysia; furthermore, he is already 50 and is not a preferred candidate for an organ compared with younger patients, he says.

Simon is not alone in taking such chances.

Desperate for a new lease of life, Malaysians in need of organ transplants are resorting to getting them in countries like China and India, and they are willing to pay through their nose for them – doling out up to RM500,000 for the part and the necessary surgery. Read more

Kanak-kanak Orang Asli hilang tidak mampu bertahan dalam hutan

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Hampir setiap hari menunggu, ibu bapa kepada tujuh kanak-kanak Orang Asli yang hilang di dalam hutan di Kelantan lebih sebulan lalu, semakin berputus asa tentang peluang anak-anak mereka untuk terus hidup di dalam hutan tebal itu. Dalam bahagian kedua dan siri akhir ini, The Malaysian Insider meninjau bagaimana perubahan gaya hidup dan permintaan menyebabkan kanak-kanak Orang Asli yang berasal dari pendalaman ke sekolah berasrama penuh.

Kanak-kanak Orang Asli berjalan ke SK Tohoi dari asrama mereka. Kini sebulan sejak tujuh kanak-kanak Orang Asli hilang dari sekolah itu. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Nazir Sufari, 4 Oktober, 2015.

Tujuh kanak-kanak Orang Asli yang hilang 5 minggu lalu di kawasan pedalaman di Gua Musang, Kelantan, tidak mempunyai apa-apa kemahiran untuk terus hidup di dalam hutan, kata seorang pemimpin masyarakat walaupun di Malaysia secara tradisinya mereka memakan haiwan untuk kelangsungan hidup di dalam hutan. Read more