Malaysia Must Overcome Its Troubled Past

July 12, 2015

4 thoughts on “Malaysia Must Overcome Its Troubled Past

  1. How to overcome its troubled past, when this present PM is repeating the mistakes done by his predecesors and in fact has more the tripled the troubles/mistakes done by past PMs. He says he never steals, lies and would never betray Msia. How can it be when the country is now in trouble and yet says the trouble is caused by others not him. You mind to say all the troubles caused by the woman behind him, not him?

  2. Pope Compares Corruption to ‘Gangrene’ in Paraguay Speech
    Pope Francis calls for judicial transparency in front of audience that includes Paraguay’s president
    Pope Francis speaks in Asunción during a meeting with representatives of civil society on Saturday.


    July 11, 2015 11:48 p.m. ET
    ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay— Pope Francis called for judicial transparency and denounced government corruption to an audience that included Paraguay’s president, touching on sensitive topics in this South American country’s political culture.
    The pope made his off-the-cuff remarks Saturday near the conclusion of a speech to groups including business people, union leaders, farmers, educators and artists in the capital city of Asunción, on the second-to-last day of a weeklong Latin American tour. The Argentine pope’s second trip to his native region—following a visit to Brazil in 2013—had already taken him to Ecuador and Bolivia.
    The pope’s speech was cast as a response to remarks from six people representing different sectors of Paraguayan society: a university student, a businesswoman, a government official and three members of indigenous groups. Pope Francis stressed the importance of care for the poor and dialogue among different social groups—common themes of his Latin American tour and of his pontificate.
    Toward the end of his speech, the pope said he wanted to refer to two specific issues. Noting that President Horacio Cartes was in the audience, Pope Francis said that he wanted to speak “fraternally.”
    “In order to have a true culture in a nation, a political culture of the common good, rapid, clear trials” are necessary, the pope said.
    “I don’t know if that exists here or not,” he added, drawing shouts from the audience.
    According to the U.S. State Department’s Human Rights Report for 2013, Paraguay’s “principal human rights problems were impunity in the judicial sector, together with lengthy pretrial detention and trial delays, harsh and at times life threatening prison conditions, and police involvement in criminal activities, including unlawful killings by persons associated with the security forces.”
    The pope then denounced corruption among public officials, which he termed the “gangrene of a people.”
    “No politician can carry out his role, his work, if he is practicing graft,” the pope said. “If a people wants to maintain its dignity, it has to banish it. I am speaking of something universal.”
    Paraguay ranked 150 out of 174—below every country in the Americas except Haiti and Venezuela — in the 2014 Corruption Perception Index by Transparency International, an anticorruption group, with 28% of those polled saying they had paid a bribe to the judiciary.

    Write to Francis X. Rocca at

  3. the head of the parliamentary committee reported that an interim report from the Auditor- General had found no suspicious activity at 1MDB, although the company had reportedly withheld some bank and investment documents from investigators.


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