Chinese official tricks / Malaysia former first lady / India electoral bonds

Corrupt Chinese official who used spy movie tricks to hide bribes jailed for 18 years.  A report said Yang Guowen, formerly party secretary of the Jining district had taken so much in bribes that he needed to find places to hide the proceeds worth over 20 million yuan (US$2.98 mil), and was inspired by the movies to stash them in places such as chicken coops, coal sheds and disused water tanks.

Echo Xie/South China Morning Post:


Malaysia former first lady hit with fresh corruption charge.  The wife of Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak was hit with a new corruption charge over a solar energy contract, in which the Education Ministry awarded the 1.25 billion ringgit contract to supply and install solar energy panels in 369 schools in eastern Sarawak state on Borneo to Jepak without open tender.

Associated Press/Yahoo News:


Electoral Bonds Are Legitimate, Transparent, Says Arun Jaitley.  “Terming electoral bonds a legitimate and transparent method of political funding, [Indian] Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said it masks the link between the party and the donor in the same way the electoral trusts brought by the UPA did.”


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