Tougher penalties

ECONOMISTS believed that the size of the underground economy affect to some degree the gross domestic product (GDP) while criminologists recognise that there are clear links between underground economy and organised crime.

The underground economy, or shadow economy or black economy, is often associated with criminal activities including smuggling of weapons, tobacco, drugs, prostitution, gambling, illegal online gaming, counterfeiting passports and human trafficking. The underground economy has considerable significant impact on a country’s economy.

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Procurement – a corruption hotspot

Mokhtar Samad, president of the Malaysian Malay Contractors Association, said its members welcomed the new government’s commitment and support for open tenders. The move is considered an improvement because it prevents backdoor deals which can happen when projects are given through selected tenders or direct negotiations.

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Transparency International Malaysia says private companies should not do CSR with police

PETALING JAYA: Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) has questioned private entities funding working trips by the police, saying it could be interpreted as a form of gratification.

This followed a claim by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng that gaming firm Da Ma Cai had funded an overseas trip for a delegation led by Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun.

TI-M president Akhbar Satar said it was unprofessional for police to accept Da Ma Cai’s sponsorship, even though the company runs a legal business.

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Malaysia moves one spot in latest corruption index

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has moved up to 61st spot among the 180 countries in the latest Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2018, one notch higher from the previous year.

Transparency International-Malaysia (TI-M) president Datuk Akhbar Satar said Malaysia, however, retained the score of 47 out of 100 points on the CPI’s survey.

The CPI scores and ranks are based on 13 surveys and expert assessments which measures the perceived level of corruption in the country’s public sector on a scale from zero (perceived to be highly corrupted) to 100 (perceived to be very clean).

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Punish election violators

TRANSPARENCY International-Malaysia (TI-M) urges the Election Commission (EC), the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the police to take action against any political party and its members found to be using inducement to buy votes in the Cameron Highlands parliamentary by-election.

Officials and personnel from these enforcement agencies should monitor the campaign activities of the candidates and their agents to ensure that no one violates the rules, regulations and ethics of election campaigning.

 

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Stern action must be taken against by Election violators: TI Malaysia

TRANSPARENCY International-Malaysia (TI-M) urges the Election Commission (EC), the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) to take stern action against any political party and its members who are found to be using inducement as a means to buy votes during the current Cameron Highlands parliamentary by-election.

Officials and personnel from these enforcement agencies should closely monitor the campaign activities of the candidates and their agents to ensure that no one violates the rules, regulations and ethics of election campaigning.

 

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Pendedahan Wan Saiful: PH, jangan sampai rakyat berpaling tadah – Akhbar Satar

KUALA LUMPUR: Pendedahan yang dibuat bekas setiausaha Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Perlis, Wan Saiful Wan Jan berhubung salah guna kuasa dalam parti itu perlu diambil berat dengan serius oleh kepimpinan tertinggi Bersatu.
Jika tidak, kata Presiden Transparency International-Malaysia (TI-M), Datuk Seri Akhbar Satar, seluruh rakyat akan hilang percaya kepada Bersatu dan Pakatan Harapan (PH) secara seluruhnya, akhirnya membawa kepada kejatuhan mereka.

Make the corrupt pay the price

ACCORDING to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act, corruption or bribery is the act of giving or receiving gratification or reward in cash or in kind for performing a task in relation to someone’s job.

An example is a contractor giving an expensive watch to a government official in return for awarding a project to the former’s company.

There are four offences relating to bribery and corruption as set out in the act.

FIRST, soliciting or receiving gratification (bribe) under Sections 16 and 17(a) of the act, which is the common scenario of a person or agent soliciting or receiving gratification or bribe as an inducement for performing or not performing a task.

 

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Higher penalties needed

ACCORDING to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act, generally speaking, corruption or bribery is the act of giving or receiving of any gratification or reward, in cash or in kind, for performing a task in relation to a person’s job description.

An example is a contractor giving an expensive watch to a government official in return for awarding a project to a company belonging to the contractor. More examples can be found in the MACC’s website, sprm.gov.my.

Bribery can also be in the form of gifts in kind such as discount offers, votes, services (including sex), job position or placement, loans and many other forms of payment.

There are four main offences relating to bribery and corruption as set out in the MACC Act.

 

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