If the Arab Spring countries and other high-risk nations are serious about confronting their corruption culture, they should look to the innovative model instituted by an unlikely actor: Malaysia. - Anti-Corruption Program in Malaysia: A Comprehensive Approach (Huffington Post, 22 June 2012)
Mr Michael J Hershman is the co-founder of Transparency International, which inspired the birth of the Malaysian Chapter started by Tunku Aziz, once hailed by the DAP as "the Towering Malay" (a title that no longer holds after he openly opposed the politics of Bersih 3.0). Hershman has written an article in the Huffington Post that advises leaders of countries with Arab Spring syndrome to "take a look at the Malaysian model".
Hershman says There are still imperfections that the government will need to address - but "clear goals and commitments to anti-corruption have been demonstrated in Prime Minister Najib's Economic and Government Transformation Programs. They will and should continue in the months and years ahead, regardless of who leads the Malaysian government".
Not an analysis that the Anwaristas or the DAPsters (to borrow Helen Ang's phrase) would readily acknowledge but an independent take on Malaysia's war against corruption - and against those who are trying to create an Arab Spring in this country - that must be read by every peace-loving and corruption-hating Malaysian.
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