- HIMPUNAN DARAH MELAYU, KENAPA CINA BOLEH KENAPA MELAYU TAK BOLEH? KENAPA DI JLN. TAR BOLEH DI BKT. BINTANG TAK BOLEH? KENAPA CINA JADI TAKUT?
- MACC DOING THEIR JOB WITHOUT FEAR AND FAVOUR
- $3 MILLION TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL DAPAT DARI SIEMENS UNTUK APA? HOW CAN ANYONE TRUST @JoseUgazSM
Posted: 05 Sep 2015 09:13 PM PDT
Bukit Bintang dan Jalan Petaling merupakan tempat tarikan pelancong di ibu kota yang didominasi peniaga berbangsa Cina.
Posted: 05 Sep 2015 08:05 PM PDT
I thought I'd share with u what transpired at the 16th IACC closing ceremony yesterday. Tough audience for a 'bidan terjun' like me. I was a late substitute. Paul had to do d opening in place of PM and I was asked to cover d closing ceremony. Rather than read the text, I thought it was better for me to speak from the heart and talk about my own personal experience coming out of poverty through the Government's inclusive policy of eradicating poverty.
My points were :-
1. No country could have achieved economic progress successively in an inclusive & sustainable manner if corruption is endemic or systemic in the country. That doesnt mean corruption does not exist. It does exist & we all have to do our part to combat it.
2. The Govt has done a lot in its efforts to eliminate corruption. This includes strengthening & making the MACC more independent. MACC has been doing their job well without fear or favour & I can personally vouch to that having had my statements recorded by MACC twice.
The first time when I was the CEO of TM. The second time only 2 days earlier ie immediately after the IACC opening ceremony when I was called to MACC's office in relation to events that occurred when I was in the private sector. Although it was not an allegation against me personally, the fact remains that MACC has been carrying out their role without fear or favour and had no qualms about calling a cabinet minister or corporate CEO.
3. In combatting corruption, it is important for us to go after the giver of bribes too and not only the recipient. In the illicit wildlife trade we always say "When the buying stops, the killing will stop too". In our fight against corruption, I believe in the statement "When the giving stops, the receiving of bribes will stop too".
4. I then made the point that people commit crimes when they think they can get away with it. The same applies to corruption. It is therefore important for us to enforce the law fairly and consistently. The law has a very long arm and long memory. If indeed a crime has been committed, it will be found out eventually. If not today, tomorrow or next year or even ten years from now.
There is God & the truth will prevail eventually. Unfortunately one portal chose to pick up only the 4th point and used an old photo of mine (not from the IACC event) to dramatise the statement. Anyway, let us all do our respective part.
Posted: 05 Sep 2015 06:16 PM PDT
Siemens has donated $3 million to the world's leading anti-corruption organization, Berlin-based Transparency International.
Siemens pled guilty in 2008 to bribery charges and paid more than $1.6 billion in penalties. Siemens was implicated in corruption in Greece, Norway, Iraq, Vietnam, Italy, Israel, Argentina, Venezuela, China and Russia.
And Siemens admitted last year in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission that there are ongoing and recent corruption investigations into Siemens activities in Kuwait, Central Asia, the Caribbean, Brazil, Argentina, Greece, Switzerland, Austria, Venezuela, South Africa, Thailand, and Bangladesh — as well as at the Inter-American Development Bank and European Investment Bank.
"This really shows that Transparency International is not as pure as people think," said a Transparency International insider, who asked not to be identified for fear of retaliation. "Transparency International's own policy forbids accepting money from corrupt companies. Period. Even though the Siemens bribery scandal broke in 2006, the company is still being investigated in more than 20 countries — in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East. All over the world, Siemens is still under suspicion."
"Its reputation is the most valuable asset that Transparency International has. But its management has made the choice that taking $3 million from Siemens to support its $70 million international budget is worth the risk of damaging its reputation. That's less than 5 percent of TI's budget. Is this really worth it?"
"How can anyone trust TI? The world's leading anti-corruption NGO is now taking money from one of the world's worst corporate criminals. People need to start asking the question."
Last year, the group filed an application to Siemens for millions of dollars in funding.
In September 2013, Jana Mittermaier, the head of TI's Brussels office, left to join Siemens Integrity Initiative — which was established under a settlement with the World Bank over corruption allegations in July 2009.
According to Siemens, the initiative "supports organizations and projects around the world that fight corruption and fraud through collective action, education and training."
As we reported last year, the problem for Transparency International is that it's own due diligence procedures prohibit taking money from corporations that want to greenwash their reputations.
- See more at: http://www.corporatecrimereporter.com/news/200/siemens-donates-3-million-transparency-international/#sthash.f5693H7y.dpuf
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