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Surgeon wants culprits to pay
By ATIQA HAZELLAH | firstname.lastname@example.org
FIGHTING BACK: Robbery victim offers RM10,000 for capture of assailants
A RETIRED surgeon, who was robbed and slashed on the face, yesterday offered a RM10,000 reward for information leading to the capture of his four assailants.
Dr Frank Ow Yang Abdullah, 47, who suffered a deep slash above his left eye, said he was offering the reward to assist police in nabbing the culprits.
"I want the culprits to pay. Doctors have told me that I could go blind in my left eye.
"They are still monitoring my condition," he said at his house in Mutiara Damansara yesterday.
Dr Ow was attacked in Damansara Perdana on Wednesday afternoon after he came out of a hardware shop.
He was standing outside his car, talking on his handphone when a man came from behind and snatched his iPhone 4s before jumping on a waiting motorcycle.
Dr Ow ran after the suspects and grabbed them. A scuffle ensued but two others came on a motorcycle and slashed him. The four then escaped with the handphone.
Dr Ow was rushed to a nearby clinic before being referred him to the Pantai Medical Hospital.
The victim, who is also a landscape architectural consultant, is now recuperating at home.
"I am now hoping for the best that I would not lose my vision and that the culprits are caught."
He is still traumatised by the incident and urged those with information on the case to contact his wife, Lin, at 012-8783122 or lawyer Naraen at 012-2328703.
Petaling Jaya district police chief Assistant Commissioner Arjunaidi Mohamed said police are still investigating the case.
Monday, December 3, 2012
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Monday, November 26, 2012
Academicians: M'sia may descend into 'kleptocracy'
Posted on 26 November 2012 - 08:55pm
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 26, 2012): Malaysia may descend into a "kleptocracy" if corruption is not addressed effectively and comprehensively, academicians warned today.
They warned that the country would be ruled by the corrupt if graft is not tackled in a far-reaching manner which can be felt by the people.
"Kleptocracy", derived from the words "kleptomania" and "-cracy" or "rule" refers to a government filled with those who seek status and personal gain at the expense of the governed.
At a forum on "Eradicating Corruption: How successful have we been?" organised by the Institute of Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) today, National University of Singapore Associate Professor Dr Syed Farid Alatas voiced the danger of kleptocracy taking root as corruption is not a random or occasional occurence but tends to be systemic.
He said "kleptocrats" are usually not mid-level officials who extort money as a means to make a living, but high-ranking officials who see it as a way to accumulate wealth.
Despite positive outcome from anti-corruption initiatives rolled out by the government through the Government Transformation Programme and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Syed Farid said the effects were still not felt by the people.
"The people are still pessimistic about the way authorities are tackling corruption," said Syed Farid, a Malaysian who was formerly a Universiti Malaya lecturer.
Commenting on Malaysia's deteriorating position in the Corruption Perception Index, from 37 out of 80 countries in 2003, to 60 in 2011, Syed Farid urged the government to work towards the formation of a truly independent anti-corruption body.
"The MACC, for example has no power to initiate prosecution. The power to prosecute lies with the Attorney-General's Chambers – which is as such free to practise selective prosecution," he claimed.
Meanwhile, another panelist, Universiti Malaya Faculty of Economics and Administration Professor Dr Edmund Terence Gomez said grand corruption must be tackled from the top.
"We must first talk about devolution of power, where important institutions like the MACC and the AGC, and even the Judiciary must be independent.
"We have to do this soon, because degenerative corruption is becoming pervasive. Money is being channeled into the political system and we see this in permeation of money politics," he said.
He also called for a fair and just implementation of good and noble policies to eradicate corruption.
The forum was attended by former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi under whose tenure the MACC was formed.
"When we talk of corruption, we must talk about the integrity of our judiciary. It must be a respected and respectable institution, able to prove that they are able to demonstrate that they are the highest institute of correctness and integrity," Abdullah said in his closing speech.
Calling for the strengthening of the judiciary to fight corruption, he said the judiciary itself must be above doubt.
"There must be good governance, or corruption will run rampant in the nation," he said.
Ideas also released yesterday its interim report "Combating Corruption: Understanding Anti-Corruption Initiatives in Malaysia'.
The report concluded that there is a disconnect between public perception and actual data on corruption, and that corruption cannot be measured by perception alone.
"Public perception as measured by the Corruption Perception Index implies that corruption is rampant and the situation is bleak. But data suggests that the problem is not as bleak as the CPI score has painted," the report stated.
The 55-page interim report which analysed the causes, cost and implications of corruption in Malaysia, also reviewed initiatives taken by the MACC under the National Key Result Area (NKRA) for combating corruption.
The report is funded by the MACC-NKRA division and other local and foreign sponsors.
Fake datukships, what next?
Posted on 26 November 2012 - 07:29pm
MALAYSIA likely holds the record for the most people conferred awards and medals. Most awards in other countries come in the form of medals without honorific titles. But here again, we have the most titles.
Our awards have for many years come from 14 sources – the 13 states and at the federal level on the occasion of the birthday of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Over the last four years, awards have also been conferred in conjunction with the Federal Territory Day celebrations on Feb 1.
The jury is still out on whether we are giving too many awards especially those carrying the Datuk title. Selangor has put a cap on datukships by tightening the criteria for recipients. Johor confers the smallest number among the states, sometimes none at all, during the Sultan's birthday.
Last year, Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan had expressed deep concern and dismay that a non-governmental organisation was conferring fake datukships. The NGO's office bearers claiming to be from the Kelantan palace were charging RM150,000 for each bogus datukship.
Kelantan palace legal adviser Datuk Sukri Mohamed was reported saying that the NGO, despite being deregistered, had "sold" Kelantan "Datuk" awards to 120 people over the last two years.
"People are willing to cough up as much as RM150,000 to get the honorific. In the latest case, the NGO held an investiture for the purpose at a hotel here (Kota Baru)," he told a press conference one and a half years ago. Following this "investiture", the palace had lodged three police reports and reminded the public that only the Sultan had the authority to award datukships and other titles and it was illegal for any other party to do so.
Despite the warning by Sukri in the presence of Kelantan CID chief ACP Lai Yong Heng at that press conference, apparently more title-hungry Malaysians have fallen victim.
Last week, the Kelantan palace's ceremonial chief, Datuk Abdul Halim Hamad, revealed that the fraudsters are still at work and the going price for the "titles" had gone up to RM200,000 each.
He said several people including some from Sarawak and Kuala Lumpur had been duped although no one had been authorised by the Sultan to confer the state's awards and medals for payment.
Halim advised those who had fallen prey to hand over the fake awards and medals to the authorities.
Some friends in Sarawak told me that they know of individuals who had bought fake Kelantan datukships, especially in the timber town of Sibu.
What is amazing is that despite getting the fake datukships with their eyes wide open, the "recipients" let the public know about it by throwing lavish parties.
"And to top it up, their friends and business associates take out full-page advertisements in the local Chinese newspapers to congratulate the recipients without any sense of guilt or shame," a prominent Sibu community leader told me.
The Sarawak edition of Sin Chew Daily reported last week on one such celebration in Sibu. In this case, the individual concerned was "awarded" the title of Dato' Sri Diraja from Kelantan but checks by the newspaper found no such title existed.
More than a year has passed since the Kelantan CID chief was reported as saying that investigations had started and statements had been taken from people who staged the "investiture".
Kelantan chief police officer Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman said over the weekend that police had almost completed investigations and would submit the papers to the deputy public prosecutor.
"We are in the process of gathering information from individuals who are resident in Sarawak," he said.
To me, the selling and buying of fake datukships is a serious crime that could well undermine the very institution of legitimate award-giving in the country.
It is hard to fathom what goes on in the minds of people who think nothing about buying fake titles and then telling the world about it. Of course, for the syndicates, it's just another way of making big money by cashing in on the frenzy among those craving to display titles on their name-cards.
Equally bizarre is a recent announcement by the police in Selangor that they were investigating 40 individuals, including a Tan Sri and several politicians, believed to have bought fake degrees from an education institute in Subang Jaya.
This followed police raids on two premises in Cheras and Subang Jaya where computers and other equipment believed to have been used to produce the fake scrolls were seized. The syndicates were believed to have raked in RM5 million by selling fake scrolls since 2003.
A total of 525 people, including VIPs, are believed to have "graduated" and received fake degrees without attending lectures, sitting for examinations or submitting papers. Don't ask me why someone with the title of Tan Sri would still resort to allegedly buying a fake degree.
The police should inform the public about the progress of investigations into this scam.
Hardly a day passes without the media reporting on cheating cases and scams, the latest being those run by foreigners in the country on student visas. They operate syndicates via the internet from the comfort of their rented homes.
Just how much more advice can anyone give to those among us who are still gullible? I would say, perhaps none.
Azman Ujang is a former editor-in-chief of Bernama. Comments: email@example.com
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Regions with significant populations
Related ethnic groups
Malaysian Chinese historical demographics (%)
By state & territory
% of Population
% of Population
States with large Chinese population
Kepong, Cheras, Bukit Bintang, Old Klang Road, Sri Petaling, Pudu, Segambut.
Subang Jaya/USJ, Puchong, SS2, Petaling Jaya, Damansara Jaya/Utama, Bandar Utama, Serdang, Port Klang.
Penang island, Bukit Mertajam
Ipoh, Taiping, Batu Gajah, Sitiawan
Johor Bahru, Kluang, Batu Pahat, Muar, Segamat
States with medium Chinese population
Bentong, Raub, Mentakab, Kuantan
Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu, Miri, Sarikei, Sri Aman, Marudi, Lawas, Mukah, Limbang, Kapit, Serian, Bau
Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan. Tawau, Kudat and scattered regions in the south (most notably Beaufort and Keningau) also have small but significant Chinese communities