A man pulling a cart filled with fire wood past a mansion owned by high ranking government officials in the Shirpoor neighborhood in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Danfung Dennis for The New York Times)
I dread to think or imagine our beloved country to be in the same league as below article on Afghan's hopeless situation. Nauzubillah.
However, the way Kuala Treengganu's parliamentary by-election is being fought by the BN/United Malays National Organisation gangsters as other previous buy-elections, more people money will be dumped to ensure a 'by hook or by crook' victory.
BN/United Malays National Organisation and cronies have more to lose in this buy-election as well as the new president of BN/United Malays National Organisation has to prove his cemerlang, gemilang, terbilang as well as TEMBERANG, JEMBALANG are better than his predecessors.
Corruptions, whatever BN/United Malays National Organisation call to disguise their own sins, money politics, vote buying, wang ehsan, petroleum royalty, sedekah kain pelekat kain batik, basikal, peruntukan sekolah Cina etc....we are definitely going up the ranking list of among the most corrupted nations...and thanks to BN/United Malays National Organisation!
According to Lim Kit Siang
It is most unfortunate that on the 30th anniversary of the ACA, the important powers of the ACA Director-General as Deputy Public Prosecutor was removed and his position downgraded, and this must be regarded as one important factor why in the past 11 years, Malaysia’s anti-corruption standing took a nose-dive from No. 26 in the 1996 Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI) when Parliament passed the Anti-Corruption Act, falling 21 places in 12 years to No. 47 in the 2008 TI CPI when Parliament is now debating the MACC Bill.
In this period, Malaysia’s CPI score had hovered between 5.02 in 1996 and 5.1 in 2008 (10 perceived as “highly clean” while 0 perceived as “highly corrupt) – while other Asian countries have either improved both their rankings or scores or both, viz:
Singapore 7 (8.80) 4 (9.2)
Hong Kong 18 (7.01) 12 (8.1)
Japan 17 (7.05) 18 (7.3)
Taiwan 29 (4.98) 39 (5.7)
South Korea 27 (5.02) 40 (5.6)
Malaysia 26 (5.32) 47 (5.1)
Afghan corruption: Everything for sale
By Dexter Filkins
Published: January 2, 2009
KABUL: When it comes to governing this violent, fractious land, everything, it seems, has its price.
Want to be a provincial police chief? It will cost you $100,000.
Want to drive a convoy of trucks loaded with fuel across the country? Be prepared to pay $6,000 per truck, so the police will not tip off the Taliban.
Need to settle a lawsuit over the ownership of your house? About $25,000, depending on the judge.
"It is very shameful, but probably I will pay the bribe," Mohammed Naim, a young English teacher, said as he stood in front of the Secondary Courthouse in Kabul. His brother had been arrested a week before, and the police were demanding $4,000 for his release.
"Everything is possible in this country now. Everything."
Kept afloat by billions of dollars in American and other foreign aid, the government of Afghanistan is shot through with corruption and graft. From the lowliest traffic policeman to the family of President Hamid Karzai himself, the state built on the ruins of the Taliban government seven years ago now often seems to exist for little more than the enrichment of those who run it.