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Malaysia anti-graft award / Thailand army exceptions / Viet Nam anti-corruption 2020

Malaysia Honors Anti-Graft Heroes With New Award.  “A murdered Malaysian prosecutor and an Indonesian anti-graft investigator who survived an acid attack became…the first two winners of [The Perdana International Anti-Corruption Champion Awards,] a new prize Malaysia established to honor anti-corruption fighters who had been killed or persecuted.”Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project: https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/11602-malaysia-honors-anti-graft-heroes-with-new-awardRetired soldiers ordered to vacate army residences – except Prayut.  “Two days after [Thai] army chief Gen. Apirat Kongsompong said retired army officers must move out from their official residences after their tenures ended in an [attempt] to combat corruption in the ranks, it emerged that some exceptions were made…That is, government leaders like PM Prayut Chan-ocha and deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan, both of them retired army generals, are exempted”Pravit Rojanapruk/Khaosod English: https://www.khaosodengl…

Pacific Anti-Corruption Updates (15 February 2020): Cook Islands, PNG, Solomon Islands, Fiji

Pacific leaders agree on vision to tackle corruption in region.  A vision of the Pacific united against corruption was released from last week's first Pacific Regional Anti Corruption Conference in Kiribati. The conference was attended by the President of Kiribati, the prime ministers of Samoa and the Cook Islands as well as ministers and anti corruption officials from across the region.https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/409448/pacific-leaders-agree-on-vision-to-tackle-corruption-in-regionCOOK ISLANDS: ‘Political will’ key to drive anti-corruption. “Prime Minister Henry Puna along with other Pacific leaders have stressed “political will” the key to drive anti-corruption in the region... The Pacific leaders and representatives adopted a ground-breaking vision during the summit and endorsed commitments that build on their national engagement with the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” http://www.co…

India Delhi region / Myanmar beneficial ownership / Pakistan political tool

Anti-Corruption Party Wins in India's Capital.  “An anti-graft crusader and the chief minister of India’s Delhi region, Arvind Kejriwal, secured a victory…that will keep his Aam Aadmi Party, AAP, in power in the regional assembly…The AAP was formally established in November of 2012 following a series of anti-corruption protests known as the India Against Corruption movement.”Eli Moskowitz/Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project: https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/11603-anti-corruption-party-wins-in-india-s-capitalBeneficial-owner database lauded despite some weaknesses.  “The database is one of the multiple initiatives recently undertaken by the Myanmar government to improve the transparency of information on beneficial owners and PEPs…Governance experts have welcomed the new database and say that despite the flaws, it represents a significant step forward in enhancing disclosure and transparency.”Thompson Chau/Myanmar Times: https://www.mmtimes.com/news/beneficial-owne…

Pakistan mathematician uncovers / Myanmar improved ranking / Malaysia 1MDB charges

Pakistani Mathematician Who Exposed Corruption of Rs 700 Million Forced to Leave Pakistan.  “[Amer Iqbal, the] Pakistani-American theoretical physicist and mathematician has been forced to flee the country after he exposed a mega-fraud of 700 million rupees in government college’s funds which were allocated to ghost teachers”Ummara Sheraz/ProPakistani: https://propakistani.pk/lens/pakistani-mathematician-who-exposed-corruption-of-rs-700-million-forced-to-leave-pakistan/Has Suu Kyi made Myanmar less corrupt? (Opinion).  “[Myanmar’s Corruption Perception Index] ranking has slowly but steadily improved since Suu Kyi assumed electoral power in 2016, when Myanmar ranked 136th on the index. That’s quantifiable international recognition of her government’s anti-graft battle, a campaign of new laws, high-profile arrests and sackings, and improved collaboration on graft issues with the private sector.”Thompson Chau/Asia Times: https://www.asiatimes.com/2020/02/article/has-suu-kyi-made-my…

Ethics beyond compliance / Malaysia Airbus implications / Indonesia political integrity

Ethics beyond compliance.  “The recent launch also announced the soon to be rolled-out Toolkit on Business Integrity for Young Entrepreneurs jointly undertaken with the UNDP Youth Co:Lab, a project on youth leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The Business Integrity Toolkit is a guide for young entrepreneurs, to combat the influence of corruption on their integrity, and to help them navigate a business landscape full of risks which could easily harm their operations and ruin their reputations.”United Nations Development Programme: https://undpphilippines.exposure.co/ethics-beyond-compliance?source=share-undpphilippinesAirbus bribery case topples founder of Malaysian carrier AirAsia.  “AirAsia Group Bhd Founder Tony Fernandes became the first marquee airline executive to lose his post in the aftermath of planemaker Airbus SE’s record $4 billion bribery settlement. Fernandes will depart from his role as chief executive officer of the Malaysian carrier for two months wh…

Pakistan Citizens' Portal / Philippines MRT contract / Iran new parliament

Corruption, malpractice added to Citizens’ Portal.  “In line with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s instructions, the Prime Minister’s Performance Delivery Unit has added a dedicated category of Corruption and Malpractices to Pakistan Citizens’ Portal complaint lodging mechanism.”Mumtaz Alvi/The News: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/610223-corruption-malpractice-added-to-citizens-portalEx-MRT chief Al Vitangcol convicted of graft over maintenance contract.  The Philippine anti-graft court Sandiganbayan has convicted former Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT3) general manager Al Vitangcol III of graft and procurement law violation over the 2012 contract given to PH Trams whose incorporator Arturo Soriano was his uncle-in-law.Lian Buan/Rappler: https://www.rappler.com/nation/251148-al-vitangcol-convicted-graft-maintenance-projectCorruption Set To Continue In Next Iranian Parliament (Opinion).“Corruption appears to be moving from a reformist-dominated Majles to a conservative-dominated one. T…

Anti-corruption networks performance / CPI score changes / FCPA top case

Networks of anti-corruption authorities - Living up to their aspirations? (Resource/Brief).  “Networks of anti-corruption authorities pursue cross-border collaboration and joint capacity building, and sometimes even joint principles, joint policy making, and harmonization of national laws. Information about these activities and their outcomes is scarce, but it is clear that most of the networks are not yet reaching their political and technical potential.”Sofie Arjon Schütte/U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre: https://www.u4.no/publications/networks-of-anti-corruption-authoritiesSmall Year-to-Year Changes in CPI Scores Are Meaningless. Small Year-to-Year Changes in CPI Scores Are Meaningless. Small Year-to-Year Changes in CPI Scores Are Meaningless (Blog).  “Because year-to-year changes in an individual country’s CPI score usually meaningless, they are not newsworthy, nor can they be invoked to make substantive claims about corruption’s causes or consequences, or the success o…