How should we judge a government?

In Malaysia, if you don't watch television or read newspapers, you are uninformed; but if you do, you are misinformed!

"If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing." - Malcolm X

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience - Mark Twain

Why we should be against censorship in a court of law: Publicity is the very soul of justice … it keeps the judge himself, while trying, under trial. - Jeremy Bentham

"Our government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no
responsibility at the other. " - Ronald Reagan

Government fed by the people

Government fed by the people

Career options

Career options
I suggest government... because nobody has ever been caught.

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?
Corruption is so prevalent it affects English language?

When there's too much dirt...

When there's too much dirt...
We need better tools... to cover up mega corruptions.

Prevent bullying now!

Prevent bullying now!
If you're not going to speak up, how is the world supposed to know you exist? “Orang boleh pandai setinggi langit, tapi selama ia tidak menulis, ia akan hilang di dalam masyarakat dan dari sejarah.” - Ananta Prameodya Toer (Your intellect may soar to the sky but if you do not write, you will be lost from society and to history.)

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

MACC supposed to emulate Hong Kong's ICAC, but it failed even to imitate

When ACA (Anti-Corruption Agency) morphed into MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission), it was declared as modelled after HK's ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption) with an implied objective to emulate the latter's well known success.

When ACA was formed with Harun Hashim as Director, it was well known for its success in  efficient investigation and successful conviction of a number of high level politicians. Perhaps, it was too efficient for comfort to BN political leaders, and somehow, Dr. Mahathir changed the rules and politicians who lived beyond  their means were not investigated. Together with OSA, ministers and heads of ministries who were inclined, must have had a field day in enriching themselves, virtually with impunity. 

Perception? Well, most people would not be surprised when Rafizi revealed MACC's appalling record when compared with ICAC.

In an immediate response, a BN smart alec came out with an 'explanation':

'Later in Parliament when Rafizi was debating the royal address, Jerlun MP Datuk Othman Aziz said the ICAC figures only showed that Hong Kong had more corruption cases.'!!!

From The Malaysian Insider: 

MACC’s record is"shocking” says PKR’s Rafizi

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has a dismal record in combating corruption, says PKR’s Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli.
Rafizi said this after comparing the MACC’s record with its Hong Kong counterpart, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).
He made the observation after receiving a written reply from Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator Datuk Paul Low on the agency’s record in fighting graft.
Low had provided a comparison of the agency’s record with its Hong Kong counterpart.
Rafizi said based on statistics obtained from MACC's annual report in 2011, the commission only has a 20% hit rate when it comes to investigating complaints, which paled in comparison with ICAC's wjhich was 77%.
What was worse, he said, was the percentage of the number of investigation papers that were opened against the number of reports received.
"ICAC's percentage is 77% while MACC's is a shocking 20%.
"That means only one in five reports is investigated. So if you file a report with MACC, chances are it won't be investigated anyway.
"The rate of successful convictions of MACC (68%) also pales in comparison to ICAC, which recorded 86%.
"So not only does the ICAC receive more tipoffs, opens more investigation papers, but (it) also has more convictions.
He challenged Low to increase the effectiveness of MACC by working to improve the percentage of investigation papers and its conviction rates.
"He must make sure that MACC can be comparable to the ICAC."
July 3, 2013.



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