India polls canceled / Thai monk jailed / Malaysia Road Department

Polls cancelled in Indian city over £1.2m cash bribe.  Polling was cancelled in Vellore, a city in southern India following the discovery of suitcases containing approx. US$1.56 mil in cash which investigators believe was to bribe voters taking part in the world’s biggest election.

Hugh Tomlinson/The Times:


Senior monk gets 26 years in jail for helping ‘embezzle’ temple funds.  Phra Khru Kitti Patcharakhun, an abbot/monastic chief received a 26-year jail term for colluding with a former National Buddhism Office (NBO) chief to embezzle more than US$752,500 out of 878,000 of funds given to 12 temples based in Thailand.

Kesinee Tangkhieo/The Nation:


After MACC swoop, JPJ sets up internal taskforce on corruption.  Malaysia’s Road Transport Department (JPJ) has set up an internal task force to study procedures within the department to eliminate corruption following the arrest of 24 of its officers in Penang.

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