Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Corruption's "Great White Shark"



Hantu Laut

Money the roots of all evil they say. 

Corruption in government is the scourge that besieged many countries that can lead to failure of the delivery system and hampers progress and development, the building of basic services and essential infrastructure. 

Can corruption makes a progressive country become regressive?

It can, depending on the degree and how widespread it is.

In some countries jobbery has become a way of life with politicians and high level officials actively and openly involved in corruptions.

You can't completely wipe out corruptions, at best even the best government can only help reduce it. 

Human greed is something difficult to control, not only greed for money, greed for power is equally contemptuous.

The opposition Pakatan Rakyat had won the popular votes riding on the waves of its anti-corruption battle cry.

Is Malaysia really that corrupted? 

Though, made to sound as evil and bad as could be by the opposition, corruptions in Malaysia are certainly not one of the worst in the world. We are no where near any of our neighbours, with the exception of the little dot south of the Peninsula.The squeaky clean city nation stood proudly tall in the corruption index, as clean as the Scandinavian countries.

Any form of corruption is bad and every government must adopt zero tolerance on corruption if it wants a progressive society.

The corruption  index by TI (Transparency International) of Asean countries is shown below.

Country                Ranking                 Score
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Singapore                   4                           87
Malaysia                   54                           49
Thailand                   88                           37
Philippines              105                          34
Indonesia                118                           32
Vietnam                  123                           31
Burma                     172                           15  

Depending who you asked and from which perspective one look at it. The answers can be astonishingly divergent. 

Those in government and its supporters would not view it as corruption per se, but as part of the NEP to help the Malays/Bumiputras to raise their living standards and narrow the economic gap with the non-Malays. 

All said and done, this argument do not hold much water anymore as the system have been abused to enrich those in power, their families and their cronies. It has left a legacy of institutionalised corruptions.

We are looking forward to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak's transformation policy and his promise of reducing  corruptions in government.

Read the "Great White Shark" corruption in Indonesia of a low ranking official, who has racked in hundreds of million in ill gotten gains.

Asia Sentinel

Low-ranking official running what appears to be a massive illegal conglomerate

Indonesia is so used to corruption that the steady parade of crooked lawmakers, policemen, generals, lawyers and others through the offices of the Corruption Eradication Commission and into jail hardly evokes a yawn.

But Adjutant First Inspector Labora Stores, a seemingly low-ranking cop in Papua, has pretty much stopped the country in its tracks. The Papua Police revealed that the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center, the government's anti-money laundering watchdog, had identified transactions amounting to Rp1.5 trillion (US$154 million) passing through Labora's bank accounts from 2007 to 2012.

Given his position at the sixth-lowest rank on the force, Labora earns a monthly salary of Rp8.5 million (US$870), or did until he was arrested last Saturday. He claims his wife, brother-in-law and children run PT Rotua, a timber company, and PT Seno Aid Vijay, a mining and fuel company.

Brig. Gen. Arief Sulistyanto, the National Police director for special and economic crimes, told reporters police had been investigating Labora since mid-March after seizing a boat in Sorong, a West Papua coastal city, that was carrying 400,000 liters of government-subsidized diesel. Labora was later identified as the owner of the craft.

In addition to his suspected fuel smuggling operation, Labora's wood processing business appeared to be thriving, partly by allegedly selling rare woods into China. Senior Cmdr. Setyo Budi Setyanto, the Papua Police director for special crimes, told reporters the force was also investigating Labora's alleged ownership of 115 containers of timber now being held at Surabaya's Tanjung Perak port. Read more.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Cina man is the biggest contributor to rasuah. They always said everyhing got price ma...... Yet cina dapsters laknat and the team managed to create perception that cina man in this country is victim of rasuah.

LynL said...

Hantu, what do you think of
the recent hike in salary of
Sarawak's State Exco & Assembly personnels.

Anonymous said...

Two points to refute your passive acceptance of the state of corruption in Malaysia. (1) while on a comparative basis, Malaysia is not as corrupt as Indonesia, Vietnam, etc. as shown in the global corruption table you make reference to, you fail to mention that corruption in Malaysia has steadily been getting worse, not getting better; and (2) ranked in terms of capital flight, Malaysia ranks third in the world amongst all countries. This is the most damming statistic that shows how a small country can generate such high levels of corruption. If corruption on this scale continues, then Malaysia is doomed to become like another failed African country.

feroz talyarkhan said...

Two points to refute your passive acceptance of the state of corruption in Malaysia. (1) while on a comparative basis, Malaysia is not as corrupt as Indonesia, Vietnam, etc. as shown in the global corruption table you make reference to, you fail to mention that corruption in Malaysia has steadily been getting worse, not getting better; and (2) ranked in terms of capital flight, Malaysia ranks third in the world amongst all countries. This is the most damming statistic that shows how a small country can generate such high levels of corruption. If corruption on this scale continues, then Malaysia is doomed to become like another failed African country.

SM said...

HL,

I see what you are saying & I have yet to see that Najib really has the will to fight corruption. He has been saying one thing & doing another all along.

He should start by making the MACC really independent (like its counterpart in Hong Kong). But will he? Time will tell!

I'm afraid that your Blog is now the favorite of the anti-Chinese cry! Tell me, are UMNO supporters all Racists?! Our beloved Tunku (Bapak Malaysia) must be crying in Heaven of what has become of our Country!

Purple Haze said...

When you wrote "Corruption" and "Great White Shark", the first thing I thought about was not Greg Norman but a certain Chief Minister of a very large state in Malaysia.

In the word association of the terms, he certainly has white hair and shark may be a good description of his activities as he is very much a predator.

But I expect that nothing will happen to him. But that Indonesian guy had a good racket going !

Ramayana said...

Corruption in the Government is undesirable, yes, but to focus only on that is myopic. We hear so much about Government corruption, but how come the DAP-PKR tag team is silent on corruption in the busness and commercial sectors?

Are they saying there is no corruption there? That the businessmen are no the biggest instigators of Government corruption? That all businessmen - Chinese, Malays or otherwise - make their bucks from the Government clean as an angel? Bullshit.

And are they saying only Malay businessmen benefit from Government corruption? That Chinese towkays who win tenders from the Government won them fair and square, sans hanky panky? Bullshit.

If we say we are anti-corruption, then we need to also widen our focus to the business environment, where the kings of corruption rule.

Ramayana said...

"I'm afraid that your Blog is now the favorite of the anti-Chinese cry!"

If someone says the Chinese are the Bapa Rasuah of Malaysia, and by all accounts yes, they are, does that make them a racist? Of course not. It means they are just pointing out an inconvenient truth that everyone who likes to harp about corruption keeps sweeping under the carpet.

If you don't want people to call the Chinese "Bapa Rasuah Malaysia", then tell the Chinese to kindly stop giving bribes. Simple, no?