MACC’s GE14 operation rooms a timely move, says C4

Source: Free Malaysia Today

Free Malaysia Today

Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism chief Cynthia Gabriel say the public will now not have problems finding right avenue to report electoral malpractice.

PETALING JAYA: An anti-graft NGO supports the move by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to set-up 24-hour operation centres for the 14th general election (GE14).

The Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) said this in a statement today in response to an announcement by MACC chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad on Tuesday.

He had revealed plans to establish round-the-clock operation rooms in each state to monitor corruption and abuse of power for GE14, and will be ready to take in reports of violations of the Elections Act and the MACC Act.

“The operation rooms are an extremely welcome move by the MACC towards building institutions that prevent electoral malpractice.

“However, we are concerned that if the centres are poorly publicised and underutilised by the public, the efforts may be in danger of turning into a mere publicity stunt,” C4 executive director Cynthia Gabriel said.  Read more

A look at various kinds of corruption: Part 1 — Greg Lopez

Source: Malay Mail Online

BY GREG LOPEZ

JANUARY 2 — Corruption is a word that Malaysians hear regularly. There are many other words that are often confused or used interchangeably with corruption.

The World Bank has the following words that are often used interchangeably with corruption.

Corruption — a corrupt practice is the offering, giving, receiving or soliciting, directly or indirectly, anything of value to influence improperly the actions of another party.

Collusion – a collusive practice is an arrangement between two or more parties designed to achieve an improper purpose, including influencing improperly the actions of another party.

Coercion — a coercive practice is impairing or harming, or threatening to impair or harm, directly or indirectly, any party or property to influence improperly the actions of a party. Read more

No more politicians in GLCs, MACC board tells Putrajaya

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Chairman of Anti-Corruption Advisory Board Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim advises Putrajaya against appointing politicians to head government-linked companies. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, June 9 ― The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) advisory board advised the government today against appointing politicians to head government-linked companies (GLCs), amid the crisis in Felda Global Ventures (FGV).

The board reasoned that most politicians bring their political habits along to the business they are handling, which it said results in unscrupulous practices when they run the business.

“The Advisory Board wishes to express in the strongest possible terms its concern about the government’s long-held practice of appointing party politicians as chairmen of GLCs.

“In every instance, they have fallen well below the ethical standards we have come to expect from those in positions of trust,” chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim said in a statement today. Read more

Prestigious US ‘Democracy Award’ for Cynthia Gabriel of C4

Source: FMT News

Anti-corruption activist one of five worldwide to receive award from US-based National Endowment for Democracy at Capitol Hill, Washington DC, on June 7. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Anti-corruption activist Cynthia Gabriel has seen her efforts recognised by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), which is based in Washington DC, the United States.

The NED will be presenting her with its 2017 Democracy Award on Wednesday, for her “courageous efforts in battling the scourge of official corruption”.

Gabriel, who is Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) executive director, left for the US yesterday to attend the award ceremony to be held at Capitol Hill.

According to the NED website she will be one of five recipients this year. The other five being Khalil Parsa (Afghanistan), Rafael Marques de Morais (Angola), Claudia Escobar (Guatemala) and Denys Bihus (Ukraine).

Malaysiakini reported that Gabriel was surprised over her selection for the award but was honoured nonetheless over the recognition for her efforts. Read more

Felda chairman says RM4.3b not missing after all

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The Felda logo is seen at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, December 28, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

The Felda logo is seen at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, December 28, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

JOHOR BARU, Feb 12 — Felda chairman Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad today clarified that the agency had not lost RM4.3 billion as reported.

The Johor Baru Member of Parliament said he has a list of how the RM4.3 billion was utilised, namely for long term investment, both here and abroad.

“No money is lost. From the RM6 billion received when Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd was listed, we spent RM1.7 billion for Felda settlers to pay each family RM15,000.

“The balance of RM4.3 billion was used for various reasons. Felda made one off payments to the governments of Sabah (RM300 million), Pahang RM250 million, housing loan for Felda settlers RM400 million, management expenses RM883 million plus investments in property, both here and foreign countries, to buy shares and many others,” he said.

Shahrir was commenting on reports in a number of news portals that claimed RM6 billion received by Felda after the FGVH listing has not been accounted for. Read more

[Updated] Felda chairman: Where did RM4.3b from listing go?

Source: The Malay Mail Online

HAKAM comment: There is an update to this article: Felda chairman says RM4.3b not missing after all [12 Feb 2017]

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 — RM4.3 billion of the RM6 billion Felda earned from the listing of Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGVH) is unaccounted for, said Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad.

The Felda logo is seen at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, December 28, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

The Felda logo is seen at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, December 28, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

In a report by Malay daily Sinar Harian, the Felda chairman said his agency received the amount as dividends from FGVH’s initial public offering (IPO) in 2012, but the missing billions has caused frustrations among Felda settlers.

“Felda received RM6 billion from the listing of FGVH which is Felda’s business asset. From that amount, we have spent RM1.7 billion as windfall,” Shahrir was quoted saying yesterday.

Shahrir said Felda awarded settlers and their families RM15,000 for each household, leaving behind a balance of RM4.3 billion.

“So where did this RM4.3 billion go? I think this has frustrated settlers who are very close to Felda … who admire the role of Felda … I think they have been disappointed,” Shahrir said.

In 2012, FGVH raised US$3.1 billion (RM10 billion) in Asia’s biggest IPO that year, with its stock selling for RM4.55 each.

Felda owns 21.25 per cent of FGVH.

Shahrir’s remark came as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) detained five people, three serving and two former staff of the Federal Land Development Authority last month, on suspicion of corruption relating to a sturgeon farming project worth RM146.25 million. Read more

Program Sehati Sejiwa Memerangi Rasuah (NS)

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C4 and MACC continue their work to fight corruption in the rural heartlands via a joint project – this time they are having a pow wow with the government officials and the Orang Asli groups in Johol, Negeri Sembilan. Village leaders from Melaka and Johor are expected to join in.

Openness, Transparency and Accountability are Indispensable to Eradicate Corruption — Steven Thiru

PRESS RELEASE: Openness, Transparency and Accountability are Indispensable to Eradicate Corruption
Source: The Malaysian Bar

Logo-majlis-peguam-malaysia-malaysian-bar-councilThe Malaysian Bar is very perturbed by recent reports that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (“MACC”)’s special operations division is being downsized[1], six of its senior officers are being transferred,[2] and its director Bahri Mohamad Zin has taken optional retirement, reportedly due to his unhappiness over the alleged inaction in respect of investigations into SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former subsidiary of 1MDB.[3]  The division reportedly handled high-profile cases relating to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (“1MDB”) and Federal Land Development Authority (“FELDA”).

These developments are disquieting because they reinforce the public perception that although one-and-a-half years have passed since it was revealed that funds of about USD700 million (approximately MYR2.7 billion) were transferred between private banks, offshore companies and funds linked to 1MDB, and then deposited into the personal accounts of the Prime Minister in AmIslamic Bank Berhad,[4] the authorities are reluctant or unwilling to get to the bottom of the serious allegations of financial impropriety concerning 1MDB, and bring action against those guilty of any wrongdoing.

This is in stark contrast to the developments in at least 11 countries — Australia, British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, and Venezuela — where there have been investigations, measures imposed on financial institutions, criminal prosecutions and convictions, and proceedings for forfeiture of assets.

These actions raise serious questions regarding the investigations that are apparently being conducted in our own jurisdiction, and expose the lack of transparency regarding the findings.  It is indeed unsettling that no one has yet been prosecuted in Malaysia for any of the allegations. Read more

Marred by graft, Malaysia’s civil service struggles with institutionalised corruption — A. Azim Idris

Source: Asian Correspondent

BY A. AZIM IDRIS

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission displays cash and valuables seized last week. Image via @AbdMalekHussin. Image taken from Asian Correspondent

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission displays cash and valuables seized last week. Image via @AbdMalekHussin. Image taken from Asian Correspondent

THE corruption scourge in Malaysia is so rife that is has led many to believe that dodgy officials in the nation’s corridors of power are artisans at swindling taxpayer funds.

But despite their craftiness in carting away money that was otherwise meant for nation-building, many appear not to know how to conceal their ill-gotten gains.

On Wednesday, anti-graft busters made the first big case of the year, announcing yet another arrest of high-ranking government official. This time, authorities seized RM3 million (roughly US$668,000) in gold bars and cash from his upper middle-class property in Subang Jaya.

The following day, the authorities uncovered another RM 2 million (US$450,000) worth of items from the official, bringing the total seized to RM5 million (US$1.1 mil).

Aside from the varying types of gaudy watches, branded handbags, and foreign currencies recovered during the graft haul, such arrests of senior civil servants have, unfortunately and, absurdly, become a run-of-the-mill.

This is not to suggest that all Malaysian politicians and 1.6 million civil servants are tainted by corruption, but the problem seems so rampant that news of any related arrest of a high-ranking official is the new norm. Read more

Transparency International Malaysia chief: Community-level committees needed to combat graft

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) President Datuk Akhbar Satar — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) President Datuk Akhbar Satar — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KOTA BARU, Dec 18 — Community-level committees are needed to monitor enforcement on corruption and misappropriation, said Transparency International Malaysia present Datuk Akhbar Satar.

He said the committee members should be people with integrity and their membership reviewed every three years.

“Although there are agencies like the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), we also need to monitor integrity to ensure that there is no corruption and misappropriation,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters after giving a talk on integrity in conjunction with the Kelantan Integrity Day celebrations and presentation of the Tasawwur Islam Certificates III Series, 2016, here today. Read more