Wednesday 7 March 2007

Bribery in Malaysia: Non-Malays are the Main Bribe-Giving Culprits

From Malaysia Today - READ HERE article by Lim Guan Eng

Excerpts: Read here for more, 'The Non-Malay Community Should Learn From The Malays' by Lim Guan Eng

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Lim Guan Eng (Chinese : 林冠英; pinyin: Lín Guānyīng) is the Secretary-General of the Malaysian Democratic Action Party (DAP). He is the son of Lim Kit Siang, the Opposition Leader in the Malaysian Parliament. Lim was arrested by Malaysian police in 1994, following his criticism of the government's handling of allegations of statutory rape of one of his constituents by former Chief Minister of the state of Melaka, Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik. Read here for more

"...... Malaysia Transparency Perception survey(from Nov 30 2006 to January 12 2007) (showed) problems relating to integrity and transparency in government agencies remain "acute and serious".

When respondents were asked whether they have given bribes over the last one year, those who said YES:
  • 14% of Malays,

  • 58% of Chinese and

  • 23% of Indians
  • Malay civil servants would not dare to ask or receive bribes from another Malay because Malays would NOT only refuse to give bribes but is more likely to report such bribery to the authorities than a non-Malay.

    ....... the non-Malay community should learn from the Malays by refusing to give bribes and lodging reports of such attempts to the authorities.

    Of more concern is that levels of integrity and transparency in both the public and private sectors have not changed over the last 12 months.

    Both the public and corporate sector listed the POLICE as the MOST corrupt.

    For the SECOND worst offender, the public had listed JPJ whilst the corporate sector picked political parties.

    The Customs Department as the THIRD worst offender.

    JPJ was listed as the fifth worst offender by the corporate sector.

    ... all efforts by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi infighting corruption has been fruitless. Failure to check corruption would have an economic cost of frigthening away foreign investors. ..."

    Read here Transparency International Corruption Index 2006.

    "....The country’s ranking for perceived corruption by Transparency International (TI) has worsened, dropping five positions from last year to now rank 44 out of the 163 countries surveyed. The country’s position last year was 39 out of 158 countries. Malaysia only achieved five points out of a maximum of 10 this year, from 5.1 points from last year." Read here for more

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