Friday, January 29, 2016

Malaysia Ranks No. 54 in CPI 2015

Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index 2015 saw Malaysia take a tumble from 50th to 54th placing.
This is surely reflective of Malaysians’ deteriorating deficit of trust in government – it is as simple as that. It also represents Malaysians’ lack of faith in authorities’ attempts to investigate and prosecute corruption cases.
This TI CPI 2015 was announced a day after Apandi Ali, the Attorney-General had ordered the case closed on the RM2.6 billion donation deposited into Prime Minister Najib Razak’s personal accounts prior to Election 2013.
Pursuant to my blogpost yesterday, MACC had decided to seek a review of the afore-mentioned case. The Operations Review Panel is an independent oversight body set up by the Malaysian government to monitor the operations of the anti-graft agency according to the MACC Act 2009 and which would give its views concerning cases that are not taken to court for prosecution.
One of Najib’s cheerleaders spoke up in support of Apandi. Azalina Othman Said, minister in the Prime Minister's Department maintained that no one can challenge the A-G’s decision because the law gave him the ultimate discretion to decide on all criminal proceedings. Therefore, she said, Malaysians should stop debating the case further.
No wonder democracy is dying in Malaysia!
On Tuesday, I was in TTDI in KL to attend the WIM Toastmasters meeting where I delivered my CC speech #7 titled "The Bane of Low Prices". In this context, I was referring to the low global oil price, low value of our ringgit and low Malaysian salaries – for sure, they impact on our lives, one way or another.

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