Grand corruption


We are all familiar with petty corruption in our everyday lives, but what is this grand corruption we have been hearing about?

This is the definition provided by Transparency International:

Grand corruption consists of:

– acts committed at a high level of government
– that distort policies or the central functioning of the state
– enabling leaders to benefit
– at the expense of the public good.

How do you translate grand corruption in Malay to convey the serious and scale of the theft of funds. When I asked this question over Twitter, I received the following suggestions: rasuah besar, rasuah unggul, ibu segala rasuah, datuk segala rasuah…

TI president Jose Ugaz gives us three examples of grand corruption:

If we see what’s happening in the region, we will see a very difficult panorama. I’m coming from Panama. The former president of Panama, who just left the government, and is now being investigated, has taken at least 1.2bn dollars from the public budget. Investigations are on-going, and probably this will scale up to five billion dollars stolen by that government.

If we see what’s happening in Argentina, this government and the past ones (Menem and others), have been always questioned for corrupt practices and stealing money from the people.

Brazil – I just mentioned the Petrobras scandal, but Brazil has been going from one scandal to another. More than 12 ministers had to resign in the past two years because of corruption.

And of course, Ugaz claimed recently the RM2.6bn ‘donation’ had all the elements of ‘grand corruption’.

TI also has a definition for political corruption.

Political corruption is:

– a manipulation of policies, institutions and rules of procedure
– in the allocation of resources and financing by political decision makers
– who abuse their position
– to sustain their power, status and wealth.

According to Ugaz, corruption needs to be fought because:

– it undermines development.
– it is not only a moral issue; it has an impact on economy and
– because of corruption, people have less education, less access to water, and less access to health and housing.

How many billions of ringgit in Malaysia have been lost due to political corruption and grand corruption – on top of the illicit outflow of funds from the country totalling over RM1 trillion over the last decade?


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It is regrettable that South American leaders were chosen as examples. They are merely the latest targets, after many terrible attempts over the last 2 centuries by a certain superpower to eliminate leaders in its “own back yard” who will not sell out their nations – and are even proving that socialism is good. It works through NED, OSF, CIA, DEA, compradores, etc.

Imagine the joke: the greatest debtor nation has the strongest currency.

Phua Kai Lit

Mr Yang disappears.
Other pro-regime, right-wing commentators like Ananars and Super Cally also disappear ??

No more “sparring partners” for us ?? 🙂


They all now Listen To Their Hearts and finally conscience rules their mind$ now ? “Listen To Your Heart” I know there’s something in the wake of your smile. I get a notion from the look in your eyes, yea. You’ve built a love but that love falls apart. Your little piece of heaven turns too dark. Listen to your heart when he’s calling for you. Listen to your heart there’s nothing else you can do. I don’t know where you’re going and I don’t know why, but listen to your heart before you tell him goodbye. Sometimes you… Read more »


“Listen To Your Heart” (1988) is a memorable duet by Roxette (a Swedish pop rock duo). When I took my 3-monthly ‘convalescence’ weekend/holiday breaks in home-sweet-home Pulo Pinang from the mad-sweat-back-stabbing-agency WingsBBDO of 1990s, this inspiring song would be my 8-hr driving companion from KL in the dead of 3am morning drive. It gave me strength to focus on my dream in an environment of toxic office politics which one either had to fight or back off. ACD Yoki would had been my mentor had he not been influenced in childish bad-mouthing by a scheming, boring, goody-2-shoes Senior AD, a… Read more »


He is the hijacker. Every tropic he whine the same tune like likd a grumpy old man with a broken tecord playing. The igp follows him going into wrong channel as he deviates from the tropic. He did not ignore late augustine over his famous word irrelevant.


On a lighter note, tunglang probably hummed Roxette’s It Must Have Been Love as he drove towards SiaBoay homeland ( 8 hrs no joke then no PLUS understandable ).

Like Rosette sang for Pretty Woman movie soundtrack : it must have been long, but it’s all over now…… echoing the 1scheme yang becoming unconvincingly sad n ridiculous with 1scandal trust deficit being the ultimatum?

gk ong

Perhaps not a single sen trickled from the RM2.6 billion donation to the trolls? The trolls who blindly support BN/Umno thus felt cheated of their ‘royalty’?


Letter shows Umno HQ directing divisions to mobilise members for ‘red shirt’ rally !

gk ong

Hong Kong investigators have joined the fray in investigating a series of deposits linked to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

According to the Financial Times, Hong Kong police confirmed that investigations were under way.

YB Loh

Corruption to one is donation to another
The receiver rejoices, the rest gets jealous/
It depends on which side you sit.

Sia Boey Guiness Drinker

Ask not what the PM can do, Ask what the PM cannot do.
The rest of PM private matter is left to jealousy.
Public money is not private jealousy. Understood, Yang Berhormat???


When there is apparent ‘stealing’ from public coffer, you think it is a jealousy matter?
Where you learnt this from?


He learnt it from the UMNO School of Higher Learning located at Alor Setar and Pekan


YB Loh possibly Larry Low father of Jho ?


Dunggu, pea brain, how many times did you give money to others without string attached or free any condition? Even the donner wants his money put to good use otherwise no more donation in the future.

Phua Kai Lit

Switzerland authorities are investigating,
HK authorities are investigating,
Singapore authorities are investigating.

Malaysian authorities? Cleared, case closed!

Ed G

Unlike previous mega-scandals like Perwaja and PKFZ which are mainly heard within our shores, media reports on Najib, 1MDB and Altantuya are increasingly creating attention across the globe. Malaysia is becoming increasing well-knowned overseas for the wrong reasons. Symptoms of ‘Grand Corruption’ arising from none other than the PM himself is putting undue pressure on the local currency. This situation is further aggravated by the recent actions of the PM which hinted that he is prepared to fight to grasp on to his position at all cost (read: self above all else). Risk-aversed investors expect a discount for the Ringgit… Read more »


Our consitution states islam is religion of malaysia and dr m declare we are a islamic state

Sehati Sejiwa

A journalist who produced a half-hour investigative piece on the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder, aired on Al Jazeera today, was deported by Malaysian authorities on June 14. The current affairs programme 101 East showed Australian journalist Mary Ann Jolley being escorted by officers at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Watch the Al Jazeera’s “101 East – Murder in Malaysia” on Youtube: Sep 10, 2015 Shot, then blown to smithereens with military grade explosives, the 2006 killing of Altantuya Shaariibuu was one of Malaysia’s most sensational murder cases. Even though years have passed since the young Mongolian woman’s death, it is one… Read more »


The gripping and closely documented report by the veteran Australian reporter Mary Ann Jolly contains allegations that the man who shot Altantuya was none other than her ex-lover Razak Baginda, a close aid of Najib Razak, who earlier this year alluded to “rogue cops” being engaged in a motiveless murder. Even more astonishing are text messages retrieved by Al Jazeera from the mobile phone of Sirul Azhar Umar, the man convicted of the killing, which show the convicted bodyguard was blackmailing … for millions of dollars to stay in Australia and “say nothing” about the case just before he was… Read more »


Nothing escapes the grip of Karma. Not even a high position leader or highly worshipped personality.
The art of Boomerang is one good lesson from the aborigines.
Ouch! How painful & accurate is the blow!


Below are excerpts from Mary Ann Jolley’s full email interview with TMI: TMI: How long did it take for you and your team to work on this story? When did you start? MAJ: Our investigation took a number of months throughout the year. TMI: What prompted you to pursue this story now, at this time, almost 10 years after her death? MAJ: I first became interested in pursuing the story when Sirul was arrested by Interpol in Australia. It seemed incredible that someone charged with murder – a capital offence – was able to flee the country, let alone to… Read more »


Lim KS’s comment on Najib’s remarks that the revival of the Altantuya murder is part of a foreign plot to topple him, similar to the toppling of Iraq’s Saddam Hussein:

“Altantunya’s soul cannot rest in peace and Najib can never enjoy unquestioned respect, credibility and legitimacy from Malaysians and the world unless and until there is a no-holds-barred investigation into Altantunya’s murder.

“(It must) address the questions as to the motive for the murder and whether there was any mastermind to the heinous deed,” he said in a statement yesterday.”

Don Anamalai

The Arabs ‘donated’ RM2.6 billion to Najib, but now the Arab TV channel Al Jazeera is digging up the Altanuya murder case.

Al Jazeera is not an American TV broadcaster. Is there a possibility that the Arabs are conspiring to topple Najib?


Che Det on Al Jazeera: 1. Najib’s Government claims that Al-Jazeera is trying to subvert his Government with the half-hour documentary on murder in Malaysia. It claims there is no truth in the report. 2. If the Government thinks there is no truth in the documentary, then it should sue Al-Jazeera for defamation. 3. Al-Jazeera is watched by millions throughout the world. Most will believe what they see. Merely saying that it is not true may convince some Malaysians but will not convince foreigners. 4. After all during the Merdeka month Al Jazeera showed a glowing documentary on Malaysia, including… Read more »

Sehati Sejiwa

1MDB info in WSJ report publicly available: Pua

1MDB Concerned Over Possible PAC Hearings Leak

Johan Khun Pana

The video news report shows the Fine Art of Mega Corruption & Grand Abuse of Power found in an ASEAN country.


Now we start to see more and more foreign media coming into “the investigations”, Najib is going to be very, very critical ! Malaysia Chronicle is getting even more sensation now !


Recommended further reading of this topic:
Mariam Mohktar’s “The mother of all corruption cases fermented for 35 years”


Deny: Rm2.6 billion whistle-blowing as media spoof or politically motivated Then Confirm: Money in offshore personal account (already closed) Deny: Rm2.6 billion for personal use (no a/c transactions to support) Then Confirm: Money for election funding (no a/c transactions to support how much spent for what, how much left) Deny: Rm2.6 billion laundered from 1MDB (investigation interferences which may not lead to the truth) Then Confirm: Money from a grateful Middle East donor (no disclosure of who exactly is the donor) Deny: People Power for truth & justice, rule of law & “bersih” government, 24/7/365 The Confirm: People power but… Read more »

gk ong

Any rebuttal from Yang?


Funding for cybertroopets may have been cut or reduced, so some regulars may have opted to retire for good until the gravy flows again?


Tunglang’s non support of him is the fatal blow !

I shiver when look at human’s character. Look at chandra muzaffar, tengku aziz and raja petra, in particular, now, our very own yang. Unbelievable really !!!


Yang’s apparent ‘absence’ from daily discourse here shows he is human – his own conscience may have pinched his heart. He needs a convalescent from ‘blogging battle’ that can at times be tiring & consuming esp if one has so much anger & negative ying. Madras Lane is good life reflection for a memory lane walk. My advice: Live your best for You Have Only One Life. Brother Yang. You don’t have to conform to social expectation. Just listen to your heart & find your purpose & choose your path. The future walk will be history, for good remembrances or… Read more »


Was at Madras Lane 7th month happy hour moments last weekend. Many lone repent souls out there seeking solace and we wish them back to +ve moral conscience!


On behalf of Anil’s readers taking the cue from tunglang, allow me to dedicate Roxette’s hit song Listen To Your Heart to brother Yang.


Looks like the frozen bank a/c by Swiss authority on all the (Penang) Low family has got something to do with Yang’s abrupt dismissal ! It doesn’t pay to talk anymore ?