KL aims high in anti-graft fight

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad joined Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Chief Secretary Ismail Bakar to pose with a book outlining anti-corruption legislation during the launch of the National Anti-Corruption Plan in Putrajay
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad joined Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Chief Secretary Ismail Bakar to pose with a book outlining anti-corruption legislation during the launch of the National Anti-Corruption Plan in Putrajaya yesterday.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

The Malaysian government yesterday launched an ambitious plan to eliminate corruption in five years.

Launching the National Anti-Corruption Plan, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said the country needs to move away from being called a kleptocracy, "a very shameful label" due to recent huge financial scandals such as 1MDB.

Some of the leaders in Tun Dr Mahathir's Pakatan Harapan alliance have strong reformist and anti-corruption credentials. Measures being planned include reviewing how key appointments are made, formulating laws on political funding, and asking politicians and high-ranking civil servants to declare their assets.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 30, 2019, with the headline 'KL aims high in anti-graft fight'. Print Edition | Subscribe