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

Never argue with an idiot, otherwise people won't know which one of you is the idiot.
Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright - until you hear them speak.

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?

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.)

Friday, July 17, 2015

Eric Paulsen: No banking secrets in criminal cases, lawyer group says as cops chase 1MDB whistle-blowers

'Banking confidentiality does not apply in criminal investigations, Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) said today following reports that the authorities are now hunting down those who allegedly leaked documents from the ongoing investigation on debt-laden 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

Instead, the civil liberties group said the act of whistleblowing to the press signals the loss of public trust in the ability of local authorities to conduct fair probes.

“It is misleading and disingenuous to assert banking confidentiality in such a case as clearly, such privilege does not apply to criminal investigations,” LFL executive director Eric Paulsen said in a statement.

“How else would corruption, criminal breach of trust, money laundering or tax evasion be exposed if not through banking details?”

“Such investigations unfortunately lend further credence that law enforcement authorities remain highly politicised and selective as the disclosure had exposed serious criminal offences which should override any confidentiality provisions,” the lawyer added.

Paulsen said although banking confidentiality should normally be maintained, public interest takes a higher priority when it comes to possible embezzlement or mismanagement of public funds worth millions or billions of ringgit.'

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IMHO: We are aware of BAFIA and other secrecy laws which are vital for any financial system. But to emphasize and enforce more on secrecy despite knowledge of illegal transactions, we are in danger of having a system which encourages illegal money laundering and other activities. It seems ironic that laws which are meant to ensure smooth running of a system, if not properly enforced, encourage an illegally run one. I am sure many executives are often put in a dilemma when faced with whether to tell the truth or face the sack.


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