M’sia Lauded As A Model For Antigraft Initiatives


by : thestar 26/06/2012 
PETALING JAYA –  While Malaysian anticorruption initiatives have received recognition by a cofounder of a global anticorruption organisation, the challenge is to produce results to match his positive remarks, opinion leaders said. 

In an article published in Huffington Post on June 22, Transparency International cofounder Michael J. Hershman suggested that Malaysia’s model was one that Arab Spring countries and other highrisk nations could look into if they were serious about confronting their corruption culture.
Michael J. Hershman (Co-Founder of Transparency International)
Former MalaysianAnti Corruption Commission’s (MACC) advisory panel on consultation and prevention chairman Tan Sri Dr Ramon Navaratnam said that it was good that Hersjiman, who is from an organisation with international standing, had given credit to the MACC and quoted Malaysia as a model for anticorruption efforts.

However, he cautioned that the commendation may become a doubleedged sword as expectations
might be raised. He said that while the current perception on anticorruption efforts was more positive compared to the year before, the country was still not “catching the big fishes”.

Asli Centre for Public Policy Studies CEO Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh said there were serious efforts to combat corruption and the Integrity Pledges (that companies are encouraged to sign) were additional mechanisms to reduce corruption.

In his article, Hershman.had written that “All too often, anticorruption efforts are incomplete; they pass
laws without sufficient enforcement mechanisms, or they maintain a myopic shortsightedness
by failing to create a system that will last by appealing to everyone’s selfinterest.

“Malaysia’s comprehensive anticorruption system, a core component of the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s governmental and economic reform programme, addresses these common failures a unique way by establishing a permanent agency at the centre.”

However, Hershman also commented that the MACC was still a “workinprogress”, and issues like unregulated campaign finance and insufficient freedom of information laws were “imperfections” that needed to be addressed.
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