Monday, February 15, 2016

Anti-graft group worries Malaysia is turning autocratic

Global anti-graft group Transparency International (TI) today expressed worry that Malaysia was moving rapidly towards autocracy amid probes into controversial debt-ridden state investment firm 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). TI said Malaysia was on its way towards disregarding its international commitments, including those under the United Nations Convention against corruption and the Asean Political-Security Community Blueprint 2015. In a statement today, TI Asia Pacific regional director Srirak Plipat said the former's statement was "just another in a long line of incidents that raises questions about the impartiality of the judiciary and Malaysia's commitment to fighting corruption." The statement follows calls by Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali to amend the Official Secrets Act (OSA) 1972 to charge journalists who refuse to reveal their sources, and whistleblowers. He said almost six months after the then A-G Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, who was investigating the 1MDB case, was "replaced" and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers dealing in the investigations were arrested or transferred, TI remained "seriously concerned" that without pressure from the international community, the case of "grand corruption" would go unpunished. "We need the international community to come together to ensure that Malaysia responds to the ongoing investigation into the misappropriation of government funds, known as the 1MDB scandal, and does not try to cover up any wrongdoing," Srirak said. – February 16, 2016. MORE TO COME]]>

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