Malaysia Steps Up in the Fight Against Corruption

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Corruption throughout Malaysia was at one time considered such a pervasive phenomenon that addressing it seemed an almost insurmountable challenge. However, nations have realized that tolerating any form of bribery or corruption is unacceptable and ultimately counterproductive as it can undermine growth, inhibit meaningful business relationships, and destroy the economic fabric of a nation.

The Malaysian Government, recognising both the prevalence of corruption and the danger that it poses to economic growth, has set itself the task of fighting corruption by actively supporting the need for international cooperation through the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). The goal, and indeed the resolution of MACC, is to create and sustain a country free of corruption. This commitment has been underscored by Malaysia’s participation in international conventions and in implementing regional initiatives to combat certain crimes. As part of the nation’s commitment to international cooperation, Malaysia, together with other international players, has become a party to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), which is fast becoming a focal point for international anti-corruption action. This year will see Malaysia hosting the 6th International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA) Annual Conference and General Meeting, to be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 4-7 October with the theme “UNCAC Chapter 6: Technical Assistance and Information Exchange.” The Government of Malaysia is proud and honoured to host this Conference and extends a warm welcome to all the participating national institutions and bodies worldwide, as well as their delegates, all entrusted with the task of fighting corruption and to all colleagues who will join us in Kuala Lumpur.

The IAACA, which was officially established in 2006 and tasked with facilitating the implementation of the UNCAC directives, has successfully organized a series of events in an effort to push forward international cooperation against corruption. Moreover, the IAACA has successfully managed five annual conferences and general meetings, held in Beijing, China; Bali, Indonesia; Kiev, Ukraine; Macau, China SAR, and Marrakech, Morocco. The IAACA, therefore, is seen as a golden opportunity for colleagues in a joined effort from all national anti-corruption authorities, together with practitioners from other relevant sectors working with them, to discuss groundbreaking stratagem and implementation methods, with the resolute aim of addressing and combating corruption more effectively. For these reasons, the MACC wish to extend the warmest personal invitation to attend the IAACA’s 6th Annual Conference and General Meeting in October. This invitation is extended to those representatives of Government and Enforcement Agencies responsible for preventing and curtailing corruption, ad to other individuals who are concerned about the negative effects of corruption and who is convinced that it is now time to strengthen our collective efforts against this scourge at every level.

Malaysia also has a particularly interesting history and story to share. The capital city is Kuala Lumpur, while Putrajaya is the seat of the federal government. Malaysia consists of people of various races and religions living in 13 states, both on mainland Asia in Peninsular Malaysia, and on the island of Borneo. However, despite the myriad differences in our many peoples, we have been most fortunate to live together as a multiethnic nation, respecting each other’s cultures and embracing one another for our differences. And if you think only the people and cultures are diverse in their scopes, wait until you see the food that Malaysia has to offer! Dishes from varied culinary cultures will surely satisfy your taste buds. Not only Malaysia is a developed nation, but this beautiful country has everything you need from bustling cityscapes to tropical rainforests to postcard-perfect beaches and hill resorts, plus much more.

It is with great pleasure that we look forward to welcoming the delegates to Malaysia and greatly appreciate your participation to the 6th IAACA Annual Conference and General Meeting.


Source: The Expat October 2012

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