Transparency for arms deals – Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The Sun Daily

BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)

I RECENTLY finished reading Andrew Feinstein’s The Shadow World. Together with Anthony Sampson’s The Arms Bazaar, they provide deep insights into how the arms trade operates.

Malaysia’s vast financial outlays – the most recent RM2.92 billion in procuring arms, and RM9 billion for six new marine combat ships – raises certain fundamental questions on transparency and accountability. While there is, of course, some need to maintain national security and commercial confidentiality, secrecy enshrouds most arms deals. This all-encompassing secrecy, says Feinstein, “hides corruption, conflicts of interest, poor decision-making and inappropriate national security choices”.

This trade seems to be one of the least scrutinised and accountable areas of government and private activity – when it should be among the most highly controlled and regulated. Read more

HAKAM calls for its 25th Annual General Meeting

NOTICE TO HAKAM MEMBERS
OF THE 25TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
TO BE HELD AT HAKAM’s OFFICE
at A-3-7, 
Avenue 8, Jalan Sg Jernih 8/1, Section 8, 46050 Petaling Jaya
ON THURS 23 JUNE 2016 AT 5.30PM

AGENDA

1. Welcome Address;

2. Confirmation of Minutes of the 24th Adjourned Annual General Meeting dated 27 June 2015;

3. Matters Arising;

4. President’s Report for 2015/2016;

5. Treasurer’s Financial Report for the Financial Year of 2015;

6. Election of Office Bearers (President, Deputy President, Secretary General, Treasurer) & Executive Committee and 2 Honorary Auditors;

7. Any Other Business.

Dated 20 May 2016

Secretary General,
Robyn Choi

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