It's not often that religious leaders come together to take a common stand on an issue of national significance.Over the years, Aliran organised a couple of seminars - one on corruption and the other on the human being -...
It was not so long ago when voters, hoping for reforms and change, gave Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi an unprecedented mandate. Among other things, Abdullah had vowed to tackle corruption. Since then, the reality has not quite matched the rhetoric....
There is a line in the hit political satire series "Yes, Minister" where the pompous Sir Humphrey explains the real reason for the archaic Official Secrets Act in the UK: ...
I was shocked when I saw aerial images of logging access roads criss-crossing the Bakun catchment area and photographs of forests being cleared for conversion to plantations. Mind you, the aerial images are a few years old,...
It is not difficult to "cook the books", as most accountants will be aware.But what about the external auditors? They are supposed to be independent and professional, right? In theory. Far too often though, the partners of audit firms...
So a special audit of Transmile Group has discovered that its revenue for 2005 and 2006 may have been overstated by over RM500 million ringgit. Gulp! Let me say that again s-l-o-w-l-y: over RM500 million.And its pre-tax profit for...
So Wolfowitz goes without being held accountable for his criminal scheming against Iraq.After I wrote the piece below, an academic friend told me, "Although he did have to step down, it was hardly a fall -- guy walks away...
In February, newspapers reported that government-owned RapidKL would take over the management of the bus system in Penang, putting an end to Penangites' public transport woes after years of shoddy bus service. Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said...
Few of us are aware that our country had a thriving system of elections to local councils in the 1950s and 1960s. Back then, we had 373 local authorities - 40 town councils, 37 town boards, 289 local councils...
So now the EPF is set to take over RHB.The first question that comes to mind is, isn't the EPF biting off more than it can chew? What does it know about managing a bank - or even supervising...

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