The mayor of Toronto is in trouble after he was found guilty of conflict of interest. How would Malaysian politicians fare under the same exacting standard?
He is now appealing the decision.
The offence that caused Mr Ford’s ejection followed a familiar pattern. While still a city councillor, Mr Ford used his official status to raise C$3,150 ($3,170) for his private charity, a football foundation. He refused to repay the money, ignoring a request by the city’s integrity commissioner that was endorsed by the council. As mayor, he took part in a debate and a vote last February overturning the integrity commissioner’s findings. That was a breach of the law and the mandatory penalty was loss of office.
Before that, he had been surrounded by controversy:
– caught talking on his mobile phone while driving (against the law in Ontario),
– reading while driving on the expressway (also illegal),
– using city staff and money to run a high-school football team that he skipped out of council meetings.
He reportedly shrugged off most of these accusations, said The Economist.
Meanwhile, Ford’s troubles are not over. The results of an audit into his election campaign spending are due to to be released soon. The audit was carried out after a complaint was filed:
Among other allegations, they argue that the Ford campaign breached the Municipal Elections Act by exceeding the legal spending limit by $156,384 and by allowing a Ford family company to pay for $77,722 in campaign expenses. The campaign repaid the company a year later without interest; corporate donations, and loans from companies that are not recognized lending institutions, are illegal.
I wonder how Malaysian politicians would fare using a similar yardstick.
My guess is that the MACC and the courts would be very busy. But then again, this is Bolehland; so probably not.