Monday, September 7, 2015

The Chicken and the Dog

Touted as a premier global gathering of anti-corruption stakeholders, the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference (September 2-4, 2015) was hosted by Malaysia. A bizarre choice really!
PM Najib Razak was supposed to deliver a keynote address – which is also a big irony! But the man, I mean, chicken did a Houdini. Instead, his lapdog, Minister in the PMO, Paul Low went in his place. 
When Transparency International president Jose Ugaz’s turn came to speak, he did not mince words. He spoke at the said conference and was looking for answers on the $700 million (RM2.6 billion) transferred to Najib’s personal bank accounts. He said that Malaysia's commitment towards fighting corruption could not be taken seriously as long as it did not explain who paid the money, why, and what happened to it.
"There is a corruption crisis here," said Ugaz. Rightly so!
Ugaz (left), a Peruvian lawyer with a history of taking on grand corruption‎, said only “one man” could provide answers, in an apparent reference to Najib. But he said if the man refused to come forward, then only a fully independent investigation, free from political interference, could uncover the truth.
"Until that happens, no claim from the government on anti-corruption will be credible." 
This conference in Putrajaya drew 1,000 delegates from 130 countries – so now nearly the whole world learned firsthand about our corruption crisis. And still Najib felt no shame!
On Friday, I attended the joint Installation ceremony-cum-dinner of three Toastmasters Clubs, i.e. TMIKL, BIB and NAWEM that was held at the Royal Selangor Club in KL’s Jalan Raja. Good fun!



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