LATHEEFA Beebi Koya’s appoitment as the new chief commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will add to the list of women appointed to key leadership positions in the government’s bid to reform key institutions. To a lay commentator of anti-corruption and integrity matters like me, Latheefa’s situation seems both tenable and untenable. Tenable, because under the new leadership more impactful strategies can be put in place and executed; untenable, because numerous corruption issues will remain clandestine and unresolved. It is not as if the new chief commissioner has a miracle whip that can turn Malaysia’s corrupted society and rakyat around with one fall swoop. Assuming that Latheefa will be well accepted by the MACC staff and other supporting agencies, her task will still be hauntingly daunting as she digs deep into the labyrinth of bribery and corruption, including the bottomless pit of the underworld and a thriving black economy. Having … [Read more...] about Women lead the charge to reform key institutions
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KUALA LUMPUR: School students involved in secret societies are mainly driven by the desire to be highly regarded and feared by their peers, according to police. Bukit Aman Anti-Vice, Gambling and Secret Societies Division (D7) principal assistant director Datuk Rohaimi Md Isa said secret society activities among school children usually involved those students who often skipped school and indulged in bullying. “They will later commit violent crimes such as extortion, blackmailing, and get involved in fights, while some even demand money from their classmates. Most of the students involved in secret societies have low education, lack religious education and have family problems,“ he told Bernama. He added that most of the time students joined secret societies to increase the number of gang members in one area. “These students are merely ordinary members and not given any specific tasks,“ he said, adding that students’ involvement in these gangs is under … [Read more...] about Students join secret societies to gain ‘recognition’
TAIPEI - A generation ago, from mid-1995 into early 1996, China lobbed missiles in the waters around Taiwan as the self-governing island prepared to hold its first fully democratic presidential election. Washington forcefully intervened to support its ally, sending two aircraft carrier battle groups to patrol nearby. The carriers, then as now the spearhead of American power, intimidated Beijing. The vote went ahead. The missiles stopped. How China is replacing America as Asia's military titan Today, with tension again running high, Washington still backs Taiwan. Chinese President Xi Jinping on January 2 renewed Beijing's longstanding threat to use force if necessary to restore mainland control over the island. But the United States is now sending much more muted signals of support. On Sunday, American ships sailed through the Taiwan Strait. This was the seventh passage of U.S. warships through the narrow, strategically sensitive waterway since July. Each time, though, just two U.S. … [Read more...] about News China’s vast fleet is tipping the balance in the Pacific
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Monday (Apr 29) said he will not allow Malaysia to flounder and fall, for as long as he lives.Speaking at a conference on organisational management, he said he was aware that Malaysia faces many challenges and these can seem insurmountable at times."For long as I live, I will try not to allow this nation of ours to flounder and fall, to lose dignity and sense of purpose,” he stated.“We have prevailed in the past and we will hopefully prevail now and, in the future.”Concerns over rising costs and racial politics, among other issues, have plagued the Pakatan Harapan administration nearly a year after it took power.An opinion poll last week showed that fewer than half of Malaysians approve of Dr Mahathir.He has promised to serve as an interim prime minister, before handing over to Parti Keadilan Rakyat's Anwar Ibrahim within two years.On Monday, Dr Mahathir said what is important in managing a nation is to … [Read more...] about ‘As long as I am alive, I won’t let Malaysia fall’: PM Mahathir
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?