Malaysia chief appointment / Myanmar officials survey / Philippines veteran pension

Malaysian civil society speaks out after Mahathir bypasses Cabinet in anti-graft chief appointment.  Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s admission that he did not consult the Cabinet before appointing a new anti-corruption chief has raised eyebrows, with the civil society noting that the move went against institutional reforms promised by the government.

Channel News Asia: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/macc-malaysia-civil-society-speak-out-mahathir-11601616

 

LISTENING TO PEOPLE’S VOICES: How well do public services do in Myanmar?  “The Central Statistical Organizations (CSO) is co-leading the process with the Union Civil Service Board (UCSB) to learn about citizens’ opinions and experiences with government services…including their related exposure to corruption.”

Marc Weilenmann/United Nations Development Programme: http://www.mm.undp.org/content/myanmar/en/home/presscenter/articles/2019/listening-to-peoples-voices.html

 

Over 5,700 dead soldiers still got pension in 2018 – COA.  The Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) was flagged by state auditors for its payment of P70.25 million (US$1.36 mil) worth of pension to 5,721 soldiers who turned out to be dead.

Lian Buan/Rappler: https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/mon-unity-party-calls-probe-1-billion-kyat-road-contract.html

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