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What’s the problem, Malaysia?

Posted: 20 May 2013 01:04 PM PDT

On May 6 Malaysia re-elected its ruling coalition government, the National Front, to another five-year term after vociferous campaigning and debate on the issue of corruption. In the first of a three-part series looking at whether the election's attention on corruption will produce results, we illustrate the economic impact of corruption. The second part will describe the discussion of corruption during the election. The final installment will analyze the election results and the likelihood of any major impact on the patterns of corruption in Malaysia.

A little country off in Southeast Asia, Malaysia is a developing country with great economic potential. Malaysia boasts a variety of natural resources, including rubber and timber. It is a leading exporter of electrical appliances, palm oil, and natural gas. There is high hope that the country can take advantage of its valuable resources and transform itself into one of the leading economies in Asia.

Unfortunately, for decades, political corruption has eaten away the country's resources and halted the country's steady economic progress. Corruption in Malaysia takes many forms, from graft to cronyism to bribery.

For instance, two years ago in what was dubbed as the Cowgate scandal, a cabinet minister redirected almost RM 250 million (US$82 million) in agriculture sector development funds to her own family. The funds were intended to "help transform Malaysia's cattle and beef industry" and reduce Malaysia's dependence on beef imports. Despite the well-documented graft and public outrage, the politician still holds a senior position within the dominant party of the ruling coalition, the United Malays National Organization (UMNO).

In April 2013, the Global Witness, an international nongovernmental organization that specializes in cracking down corruption related to natural resource exploitation, unlocked a scandal in Sarawak, one of Malaysia's 13 states. The organization videotaped a top state official agreeing to and even encouraging a number of illegal transactions involving the purchase of local land by foreign investors. Sarawak, despite having "some of the world's largest tracts of tropical forests," remains one of the poorest states in Malaysia.

This bribery case again shows the lack of proper management of Malaysia's resources. Transparency International, an independent organization that calculates a Corruption Perception Index (CPI) for most countries and ranks them, shows that Malaysia's CPI has not declined much. CPI scores ranges from 0 to 10, with 0 being highly corrupt. Between 1995 and 2012, Malaysia's lowest score was 4.3 (2011), the highest score was 5.3 (1995), and 2012 recorded a 4.9. So while statistically significantly lower scores have been visible in recent years, a true trend of improvement has yet to emerge consistently.

If government officials' focus is personal enrichment rather than promoting public welfare, the failure of Malaysia to achieve its full economic potential comes as no surprise.

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SYA : 12 Truth & Facts Why Anwar is Lying While BN is the 13 GE Legitimate Government?

Posted: 20 May 2013 12:24 PM PDT

1. Fitnah Blackout

-  Two DAP election candidates in Bentong have now stated that there was no power blackout in Bentong, contrary to postings on Facebook during polling day on Sunday. In addition, Tenaga Nasional had also denied that there was a power cut or power failure while counting was going on. Wong Tack, the environmental activist who sought election on the DAP ticket as MP for Bentong, made a Facebook posting today denying the alleged blackout. He wrote: "Dear all: There was no black-out in Bentong main counting center (Dewan Jubli Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah)

- Ketari DAP assemblyman Lee Chin Chen said, "There was definitely no blackout

- Anwar masih meneruskan dengan 505 Blackout Rally walaupun isu blackout telah dinafikan sendiri oleh 2 calon DAP di Bentong

2. Fitnah Bangla

- Serdang DAP MP Dr Ong Kian Ming now wants to personally meet Chua Lai Fatt and apologise to him and his family for the accusation.Chua, it turned out, is of Indian parentage but adopted by a Chinese family in Klang who gave him that name.When contacted by The Star, Chua declined to be interviewed."I want to stay away from the media spotlight," he said.Dr Ong had used first-time voter Chua as an example when he questioned the Election Commission on allegations that the Government had issued MyKads to foreigners on May 4, the eve of the general election.He has since made an apology in the Chinese media over the accusation.The Chinese papers quoted him as apologising to Chua for wrongly accusing him of being a foreign voter in GE13."I found out why Chua has a Chinese name. I feel very sorry."I apologise to Chua and his family members," said the DAP representative, adding that he hoped to personally extend his apologies to the voter and his family.

- KUALA TERENGGANU: Seven men were roughed up during polling day at SK Ladang here after supporters of a political party accused the group of being "phantom voters" from Bangladesh.Police said three of them were held captive until the end of the polling period and were not able to cast their votes. The bullied group, of Indian ethnicity and locals, had studied at a university here previously and were registered voters in Kuala Terengganu. (Seven Malaysians Voters Assaulted After Being Accused As Foreigners)

- CEO Air Asia Tony Fernandez turut menafikan bahawa Air Asia membawa sebanyank 40 000 Bangla dari Sarawak ke Kuala Lumpur dan juga mencabar BERSIH Ambiga untuk menunjukkan bukti dan sehingga ke hari ini Ambiga tidak menjawab cabaran Tony Fernandez.

- AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes has challenged Bersih co-chairman Datuk S. Ambiga to investigate whether they (AirAsia) had organized charter flights to cater for 'phantom' voters.Fernandes, in his Twitter, said for greater transparency, official representatives from Bersih and Pakatan Rakyat are welcomed to check on this issue.He said it is not an issue at all.In his tweet, he said: "No issue at all. Ambiga can come herself. RT @esKahn @tonyfernandes cool. for greater transparency, how about allowing official reps from Bersih and PR to check?"

3. Isu Popular Vote

- Sistem pilihan raya di Malaysia tidak berlandaskan kepada popular vote ( sistem sama yang juga diamalkan oleh Amerika Syarikat )

- Sistem pilihan raya dalam DAP sendiri juga tidak mengamalkan popular vote ( Lim Guan Eng tidak pernah mendapat ranking tertinggi daripada DAP top 25 voting system )

- Umno secured 29.3% or 3,241,286 popular votes and won 88 federal seats, leaving the second biggest party, the DAP far behind with 15.7% or 1,736,267 popular votes and 38 seats.

- In Terengganu, BN won 265,195 votes and Pakatan won 264,465 votes for state seats while in Kedah, BN won 447,198 votes while Pakatan won 440,701 votes for state seats.BN recorded significant wins in Sabah, Sarawak, Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang and Perlis.

- Pakatan Rakyat only won popular votes in Selangor , Perak , Penang , Kelantan and Kuala Lumpur

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