The Straits Times
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Published on Dec 06, 2012
 

Malaysia to teach lawmakers how to avoid corruption

 
 

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia's government will offer training to lawmakers to teach them how to avoid corruption, a key issue ahead of national elections that must be held by the middle of next year.

Malaysia's ruling party has vowed to crack down on graft, which critics say is rampant and was a major factor in the last vote held in 2008 that saw the party suffer unprecedented losses.

The country's 222 lawmakers will learn to identify and deal with "grey areas" in a one-off training session next year, said Mr D. Ravindran, an official with Pemandu, a government unit tasked with addressing voter concerns such as graft and crime.

"We want to embed it into the system so no one can turn around and say 'Oh, I didn't know,'" he said on Thursday.