The last prominent Malaysian minister to announce his/her resignation was Shahrizat Abdul Jalil. That may have been unusual in the Malaysian context but hey, it happens in other countries as a matter of course.
The government eventually did not extend Shahrizat’s tenure as senator when it expired, resulting in her losing her post as Women, Family and Community Development Minister. This followed a public outcry from the cows-and-condos affair, which she claimed had nothing to do with her.
Check out this BBC report:
Montreal Mayor Tremblay resigns amid corruption inquiry
Gerald Tremblay resigns. 5 Nov 2012 Gerald Tremblay denies any wrongdoing
The mayor of Canada’s second-largest city, Montreal, has resigned amid a deepening corruption scandal.
Gerald Tremblay, 70, told a news conference that he was leaving public life after 25 years in politics.
A public inquiry heard last week that Mr Tremblay was present at a meeting in which illegal donations for his party – Union Montreal – had been discussed.
Despite his resignation, Mr Tremblay continues to deny the allegations against him.
Of course, there are other forms of corruption – in a broader sense – that are harder to detect or not as obvious, carried out in the name of ‘development’ (for whom?). For example, the decision to come up with mega projects to benefit crony companies and favoured developers, the sales of vast tracts of land to private firms at lower than market price (or the purchase of land at low cost from villagers by cronies who then sell it to companies at a fat profit, the purchase of expensive weapons (often with ‘commissions’ involved), the award of timber concessions to cronies and family-linked companies, and construction contracts (e.g. dams) that benefit companies controlled by the families of certain political leaders.
By now, most Malaysians are sick and tired and fed up with the massive corruption we see happening in the country. How many politicians in Malaysia would have to resign for abuse of power, corrupt practice, cronyism and waste of public funds? And if all of these corrupt politicians were to resign, how many would we have left?