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Bernama always insults Malaysian intelligence

No anti-corruption agency in the world can make suspects commit suicide in the office voluntarily.

European Partners Against Corruption network (EPAC) is just another profit making NGO with the goal of providing expensive masters program to Bodohland.

Such low-taste compliment is a pre-condition to win the contract from MACC.

MACC one of world’s most established anti-graft agencies

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 17 ( Bernama) — The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has won praise from a prominent international anti-corruption figure who described it as one of the world’s most esteemed of its kind among the international community.

By the same token, MACC Chief Commissioner Datuk Seri Abu Kassim Mohamed is also one of the most recognised and esteemed among anti-corruption experts and the international community, says Martin Kreutner, the president of European Partners Against Corruption network (EPAC).

Abu Kassim is a member of the INTERPOL Group of Experts on Corruption (IGEC) and executive committee member of the International Academic Advisory Board of the Vienna-based International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA).

Kreutner, who is chairman of IACA currently visiting Malaysia, told Bernama that IACA would soon sign a memorandum of understanding with MACC to establish a framework of cooperation for its first International Masters Programme in anti-corruption under which part of the programme would be conducted at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Academy (MACA) here.

MACA also conducts some international programmes and is the world’s first anti-corruption academy.

The 24-month Masters Programme for anti-corruption professionals, police officers, judges and other enforcement agency officers, will be launched on Dec 9 to coincide with World Anti-Corruption Day.

It is the first full-pledged programme on the global corruption studies, addressing corruption from various perspectives and will have participants from all five continents and all regions.

Kreutner said it would not only incorporate the perspective of corruption and the law but also the perspective of corruption and science, corruption and security, corruption and politics and economics.

“The modules will reflect the common understanding and international cooperation in fighting corruption which has become very important and therefore we place strong emphasis on international cooperation,” he said.

Kreutner, a former head of the Austrian Anti-Corruption Commission, said the Arab Spring movement that toppled a number of Arab regimes over the last two years, was an example where because there was no political will from the top to combat corruption, the people had resorted to the revolutionary approach.

“One of the key elements of the Arab Spring movement was that the people had had enough of corruption. There is obviously a very strong understanding among the people that they didn’t want to be treated unjustly.”

He said the fight against corruption internationally had made vast improvements over the last decade with the United Nations Convention Against Corruption already adopted in the various regions.

Kreutner disclosed that when two heads of state in the Arab region had to step down at the height of the Arab Spring movement, it took only 30 minutes to have their illegal assets frozen in safe havens.

“If it had happened 10 years ago, it would have taken 30 months, if this had happen d 25 years ago, some safe haven would say “bank secrecy, no information. Period. I think there is improvement, positive improvements, success stories but at the other end, let’s be frank, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

“We also need to struggle in the future and it would also be an uphill battle. But there is hope at the end of the day. Interestingly, it’s the countries of the so-called developing world that are at the forefront and mean business.”

Asked on the educational approach to combat corruption, billed as the world’s second oldest profession, he said countries need to go into the inter-generational approach, starting with addressing children and youngsters.

“When I went to school and university where I studied law, corruption wasn’t mentioned a single time. Only when I specialised in criminal law, corruption was one issue, among many. I think it is very important, within the chapter of education, to raise awareness also among the people that this is not a small sum and it costs billions and billions a year to the country.

“Ultimately, corruption is against human rights. And corruption is the opposite of equity and equality. In this context, fighting corruption is also about the rule of law and good governance,” he added.

Kreutner said there would always be corruption in the future and efforts should be concentrated on gradual improvements and the need to go for the long-term perspective.

“If the politician or a manager promises you that he can eradicate corruption within half a year, with most due respect, most likely he is a liar.

I’d rather see the glass half full than half empty,” he said.

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Henry says:

Very sick of all the 1dealogy propagada messages invading the mainstream TV.
Najib was given the opportunity to change, but he got no guts to go against hardcore Umno and Perkasa.
That is why we have to change the government with our votes.

ariel says:

As a Johorean, nkkhoo should respond to this Anil’s posting on the fate of Johor in the coming GE:

http://anilnetto.com/malaysian-politics/malaysian-elections/johor-string-of-seats-could-fall-to-pakatan/

nkkhoo says:

Anil is writing from a closet in Penang, he never visit Felda estates in Johor, the UMNO stronghold who must vote UMNO.

Nizman says:

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) has issued a public appeal for donations to its ‘Make a difference with RM1′ campaign to be used for the medical and legal expenses of victims of police brutality during the April 28 Bersih 3.0 rally.

The fund will be provided to victims of police brutality who took legal action against the authorities as well as to pay for their medical expenses, the electoral reform coalition.

华心 says:

还没登记成为选民的注意啦!

26-08-2012 和 02-09-2012 (星期天), 10am至5pm.
麻坡Fresco超级市场底楼主办选民登记运动。

tang kl says:

Last nite i attended a public talk by Teoh Lee Lan, sister of Teoh Beng Hock, held in conjuction with Chinese Book Fair at PISA.
After 3 years, I salute Lee Lan’s effort to engage the public to push for the truth and emphatise with her as she has shed tears. Her tears won’t dry up until the murder scheme is exposed. She disclosed many evidences (like post-mortem showed inflicted neck injury prior to fall etc) which RCI did not want to use (as the verdict of ‘suicide’ has been set-up before the trial !)

Bersih and Human Right Lawyer Wong Chin Huat and Prof Toh were there on stage. Basically Beng Hock’s death has 2 significances to Malaysians :

1) Never feel safe when detained at police or SPRM – there are ~1500 detention death since 2002. Average 4 death in 5 days in Malaysia.

2) 33 SPRM officials directed to investigate the Selangor ahli-parliment (inclusive Beng Hock’s boss) just because of one phone call (who is the mastermind ???) leading to Beng Hock’s death ! The scenario was similar to that happening in Perak before two PKR ahli parliment became cross-over katak to give BN control over Perak. So Beng Hock sticked to “democracy” principles and not succumb to offer that could have made him rich (even migration to overseas). His heroic act resulted in his untimely death (suicide ???).

So we hope responsible social bloggers like nkkhoo.com will continue to highlight this case as the mastermind want to drag this case long so that the public can forget about it.

THANK YOU.

华心 says:

我们不相信皇家调查报告,更加无法接受委员会的言论!
我们要求还原真相,还明福一个公道。

Tanda Seronok says:

Waiting for Bernama to report on this :
The Federal government debt to GDP (Gross Domestic Product) ratio has increased yearly from 53.1% in 2010, 53.8% in 2011 and 54.8% in 2012. This is extremely alarming and nearly touching the national debt ceiling of 55%. According to Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER) fellow Mohd Ariff Abdul Kareem, if the Federal Government continues to borrow at the current rate, our debt to GDP ratio will be 100% of GDP by 2019! In absolute terms, Federal Government debt rose by 71% in 4 years to RM456 billion at end 2011 from RM266 billion at end 2007. At the same rate of expansion, our national debt will be RM780 billion by 2016, and RM1.3 trillion by 2020. Mohd Ariff also noted that what is more worrying is that our rate of borrowing is far outpacing our economic growth, so much so that he was quoted as saying, “If nothing is done to reverse the current trends in government expenditures and revenues, extrapolation suggests that Malaysia’s national debt will explode to 100 per cent of GDP by 2019.” This is extremely dangerous, and even more disastrous when coupled with statistics from Bank Negara’s Annual Report 2010, which revealed that Malaysia’s household debt at the end of 2010 was RM 581 billion or 76% of GDP, thus giving us the dubious honour of having the second-highest level of household debt in Asia, after South Korea. In addition, the Malaysian household debt service ratio stood at 47.8 per cent in 2010, meaning that nearly half of the average family’s income goes to repaying debts. Not only are Malaysians debt-laden, cost of goods are also skyrocketing while income and salaries have stagnated. While infant milk powder has risen by nearly 50% in recent times, other basic commodities have also gone up by leaps and bounds, such as: 1. Sugar: RM1.45/kg (Jan 2010) to RM2.30 (May 2011) – 58% in 18 months. 2. Eggs: B grade RM9/30eggs (sept 2010) RM10/30eggs (now). 3. Electricity tariff: average increase of 7.12% in June 2011. 4. The tarik and kopi susu: increase RM0.10 to RM0.20 (9.1% to 18.2%. 5. Gardenia bread: 5%-14% hike (2011). 6. Service tax increase 1%: additional RM720 million in taxes to Federal Government. 7. Onions: price up 17% (Dec 2010). 8. Milo: up 5% 1st half 2011; 4% 2nd half 2011. 9. Nescafe: price went up further 6% in 2nd half 2011, when price is already >RM20 per 300gm 10. Favorite food items like roti canai, char koay teow and nasi kandar come in smaller portions for the same price. In contrast, Pakatan Rakyat-managed states have successfully managed their finances and not overburdened the people with debts. In fact, Penang managed to reduce state debt from RM630 million at 8 March 2008 to only RM30 million as at end of October 2011. This represents a debt reduction of 95% or RM600 million, which is the highest debt reduction of any state in Malaysia’s history! Clearly, Malaysians who wish to have a better life for themselves and their future generations must make a choice between a government that is spendthrift and that borrows irresponsibly without being able to make the pie grow bigger, or a government that is prudent and transparent that will put the concerns of the rakyat first.