China is catching “tigers” and Indonesia “crocodiles”, why is Malaysia not catching “sharks” in the war against grand corruption?


The 2016 Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI) will be made public in a month’s time.

Will Malaysia’s ranking improve or deteriorate?

In the TI CPI 2015 report, Brazil was specifically mentioned as follows:

“Dealing with many entrenched corruption issues, Brazil has been rocked by the Petrobras scandal, in which politicians are reported to have taken kickbacks in exchange for awarding public contracts. As the economy crunches, tens of thousands of ordinary Brazilians have lost their jobs already. They didn’t make the decisions that led to the scandal. But they’re the ones living with the consequences. “

Brazil was ranked No. 76 out of 168 countries, with a CPI score of 38 out of 100 and was one of the five countries named whose CPI had deteriorated compared to previous years.

Will Malaysia be dishonourably named in the TI CPI 2016 Report, especially with Malaysia recently regarded world-wide as a “global kleptocracy” after a spate of disastrous developments in province of kleptocracy, in particular the US Department of Justice (DOJ) forfeiture suit of US$1 billion 1MDB-linked assets in the United States, United Kingdom and Switzerland arising from US$3 billion international embezzlement and money-laundering and the the regulatory and criminal actions taken by over half a dozen countries connected with 1MDB kleptocracy, including the Switzerland, United Kingdom, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong and Australia?

Earlier in the year, after the release of TI CPI 2015 Report, Malaysia gained a spate of disreputable titles, like third place in international website, foreignpolicy.com’s ranking of the world’s “worst corruption scandal in 2015”, TIME magazine’s second ranking of “global corruption” in March and the Economist’s second placing in its second index of crony capitalism in May.

The question uppermost in everyone’s mind, in Malaysia and outside the country, is why China is catching “tigers” and Indonesia “crocodiles”, but Malaysia is not able to catch a single “shark” in the war against grand corruption.

In China, a million of the party’s 90 million members have been sanctioned for corruption-related offences since Xi Jinping took power as President – including scores of officials of deputy ministerial or higher status, demonstrating that high status within the party is no protection for “tigers” against investigation and conviction.

In Indonesia, another Minister in Susilo Bambong Yudhoyono presidential administration was arrested last week in a corruption case, joining three other Ministers in Yudhoyono’s second administration (2009-2014) who were among the “crocodiles” who had been arrested and sentenced to imprisonment because of corruption.

In September last year, the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak conspicuously backed out of officiating the opening of the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Putrajaya with the theme “Ending Impunity: People. Integrity. Action”.

The 16th IACC, which was meant to be the high-water mark of Najib’s six-year anti-corruption campaign and show-case Najib as one of the exemplary global leaders spearheading a transformation programme with anti-corruption as one of its core objectives, proved to be the exact reverse: exposing the hollowness of Najib’s anti-corruption campaign which reached its lowest depths when Malaysia was the subject of the largest kleptocracy action by the US DOJ some 10 months later!

The 17th IACC in Panama City on December 1 – 4 will follow up on the 16th IACC declaration in Putrajaya on the commitment of the global movement to zero tolerance of impunity for corruption with the IACC theme of “Time for Justice” as a global call to turn the pledge of zero tolerance into concrete action and to support all those who take a stand against the corrupt.

Malaysia will only have meaningful contribution to the 17th IACC in Panama City if we address the question as to why China could catch “tigers” and Indonesia “crocodiles”, but Malaysia is incapable of catching a single “shark” in the anti-corruption campaign and for Malaysia to start catching the “sharks” to demonstrate that they cannot enjoy impunity.

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  1. #1 by isahbiazhar on Monday, 7 November 2016 - 7:28 pm

    If we study Malaysian politics from the 50s till today one factor that makes people go into politics is none other than making money.Alliance and then BN controlled the country and it was established that no other political party can come into the fore.Being beaten at every election, the opposition was made limbless.As the country had natural resources it lived a comfortable life.Mahathir brought new ideas and it made the country richer and wealth were enjoyed by many.At the same time the coffers of the voted individuals enlarged because of corruption.Over the years the anticorruption agency first controlled by the police did not strike the powerful but the lame.When it became a body it was controlled by the ruling party thus only the selected foe was struck.The anticorruption agency was cowed by its employer that it dwindled in action.The internet era brought new dimensions when politicians’ largesse were known through the net and when leaked brought embarrassment.By now political landscape had changed drastically that the opposition captured many seats that for a while it was thought the BN would have become history.It did not happen.With a thin majority and the support of Sabah and Sarawak the ruling party still had the might to suppress the intelligence and make money by way of projects.This is where the 1MD was born in a state where wrangling of oil wealth came into being namely Terengganu.This body being strategically evolved suited to the central government which took over for their corruption and crony distribution.There was a change of heart in the way politicians were treated and many were brought to the books including the opposition.The deep rooted way of making easy money through corruption had already etched in the minds of the government representatives.A new trend which existed before but made more prominence is the revealing of high civil servants who also thought it was unfair only politicians could siphon money.As I had said it had existed before but not reported.Many civil servants had free all expense paid holidays abroad and they cannot deny.It exists till today.Corruption had become in all sectors including the private sector.So who is not corrupted.The dead in the grave.Tiger,crocodile or Whale ,Malaysia need a new set of elected people who are paid well and work for the people and the country and an independent anticorruption agency which is answerable only to the Judiciary and not to the elected body.

  2. #2 by Bigjoe on Tuesday, 8 November 2016 - 8:01 am

    It actually can be a lot worst. The ECRL project is TOO OBVIOUSLY OVERPRICED..Double the price for a contractor highly experience in building at half the price? IT IS POSSIBLE ITS JUST A DISTRACTION WHILE NAJIB ACTUALLY STEALS FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE. It feels too easy a trap to fall into for the opposition..

  3. #3 by SuperString on Tuesday, 8 November 2016 - 2:02 pm

    China is catching “tigers” and Indonesia “crocodiles”, but Malaysia ? Got la, Malaysia catches ikan bilis. hahaha

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