Thursday, November 4, 2010

Pervasive Corruption

The TI 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index has shown Malaysia scoring 4.4 points at number 56 out of 178 countries surveyed. This score is a historical low for Malaysia after last year’s rapid decline to 4.5 from 5.1 – in report card terminology, we failed!
But yet, we have seen and heard our leaders denouncing corruption and to illustrate their righteous commitment, they have even put up impressive anti-corruption showpieces such as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, the National Institute of Integrity, the Royal Commission to Enhance the Operation and Management of the Royal Malaysia Police (RCP), Malaysian Code of Corporate Governance and other initiatives – but these are nothing more than a sleight of hand that is meant to fool Malaysians. I say sleight of hand because corruption is still very much omnipresent and we have not had any real success in eradicating it, much less paring it down. All we have is just empty talk that is at best full of hyperbole. Today, corruption is a fact of life, and if we don't do anything about it, it will soon become a way of life! And then we will be doomed!
Shakhtar Donetsk gallantly fought back to carve a 2-1 win against the Gunners in their Champions League Group H tie. Although Theo Walcott raced clear to guide in a shot (10) to put Arsenal ahead, a Shakhtar free-kick flicked off the head of Dmytro Chygrynskiy before being headed into his own net by Arsenal's Craig Eastmond for the equalizer (28). And then Shakhtar striker Eduardo eased in a 45th minute shot from which Arsenal failed to recover.

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