CAMBODIA

POLITICAL PARTIES PROMISE ANTI-GRAFT MEASURES

In the perspective of contesting national elections in July, six of Cambodia's eight political parties have signed agreements with non-governmental organisations, pledging make the fight against corruption a central issue of their campaigns. The parties commit themselves to a strengthened practice of declaration of assets by officials to the public. According to Transparency International, the political groups have been calling for the reinforcement of prosecution law for graft offenders.

PHILIPPINES

OFFICE OF PRESIDENT, OMBUDSMAN SIGN MOA ON ANTI-CORRUPTION DRIVE

The Office of the President (OP) and the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) on Friday signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that aims to strengthen and rationalize government’s initiatives against corruption. The MOA is one of the many steps the Aquino administration has taken and will continue to take, to make good on the government’s commitment to institutionalize good governance.

TAIWAN

$230 MILLION FRAUD AND MONEY LAUNDERING SCHEME

Former corporate executive indicted for executing fraud and money laundering scheme involving more than $230 million in purchases. The defendant personally took more than $7 million in commercial bribes and kickbacks in return for steering more than $230 million in business to the Taiwanese and California companies that paid the bribes and kickbacks.

THAILAND

TIME FOR CHANGE: THAI CABINET ANNOUNCES ANTI-CORRUPTION STANCE

Thailand's new Cabinet, under the administration of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, is announcing its determination to supress corruption at all levels, and ensuring transparency of the new government in place. An anti-corruption plan is to be established later this year: the Cabinet will appoint heads of ministries, departments, provinces, state-owned enterprises, public organisations and universities as chief anti-corruption officers of the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) within their own organisations. The Cabinet has also invited the people to report cases of corruption through governmental websites, hotlines and post office boxes.

BRUNEI

BE CAREFUL WHEN ACCEPTING GIFTS

Government officers with the power to sign off documents should be especially careful when receiving gifts from people that they have official dealings with.

CHINA

SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL CHARGED FOR BRIBERY

The former vice governor of Anhui Province is currently under investigation and is claimed to have accepted bribes from a local mine developer, Dachang Mineral Group, in exchange of providing mining permission and license, as well as cash rewards to the latter.

CHINA UNDERGOING PURGE OF SENIOR OFFICIALS

The Chairman of Sichuan province's Foundation for Arts and Literary Circles, and the ex-vice governor of Sichuan, Guo Yongxiang is being investigated for serious disciplinary violations. Suspicions were raised as the man is said to have served as Zhou Yongkang's right hand – the latter running China's surveillance state for years and featured extensively during Bo Xilai's investigation as his political patron.

ESTABLISHMENT OF ANTI-CORRUPTION SURVEILLANCE TEAMS IN CHINA

As part of China's anti-corruption campaign, the central authorities have dispatched ten inspection teams to monitor local officials in the aim of uncovering any corruption cases. Provincial-level authorities of Inner Mongolia, Jiangxi, Hubei, Chongqing and Guizhou, along with various state-owned enterprises and a university will be subject to inspection during the first half of the year.

INDIA

BRIBERY SCAM LEADS TO RESIGNATION OF RAILWAYS MINISTER

Pawan Kumar Bansal India's ex- Railways Minister was forced to resign from his position following a corruption scandal, for allegedly accepting a bribe of 90 lakh from a Railway Board member. The man, interrogated by the CBI, has denied any involvement in the scam.

INDONESIA

INDONESIAN KPK PUSHES ANTI-CORRUPTION WORKING GROUP

The Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Indonesia encouraged the formation of Anti Corruption and Transparency (ACT) Net or Working Group Anti-Corruption Network. The idea will be followed up at the Leaders’ Summit Meeting in Bali this October 2013.

BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION RIFE IN INDONESIA'S MEDIA

In Indonesia the number of journalists has grown exponentially since the concept of press freedom was applied after Soeharto's downfall. But while the controls on what journalists can do and write have been lifted, the reporting is far from free and fair.

LAOS

JOINT LAO- CHINESE COLLABORATION AGAINST CORRUPTION

He Guoqiang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China and head of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, and his Lao counterpart Bounthong Chitmany, president of the Central Control Committee of the Lao's People Revolutionary Party have met in the capital of Laos in the aim of boosting exchanges and cooperation, as well as governance strategy around the issue of anti-corruption.

SINGAPORE

EX-NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL EMPLOYEES CHARGED WITH CBT

A former honorary secretary-general and two ex-employees of the National Safety Council of Singapore (NSCS) charged with multiple counts of criminal breach of trust.

RAMPANT CORRUPTION FANNED FOREST FIRES, SAY WATCHDOGS

More rampant graft has contributed to the severe haze now blanketing Riau, Singapore and parts of Malaysia, observers and watchdogs pointed out. While it is unclear whether forest fires occurred in these areas, observers said Riau has an alarming record of local leaders dishing out permits to companies to clear its forests over the past decade.

UNDP-SPONSORED ‘THAI YOUTH ANTI-CORRUPTION NETWORK ‘ WINS BEST PRACTICE BY WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

The Thai Youth Anti-Corruption Network, a group of more than 4,000 Thai university students from more than 90 universities has been recognised by the World Economic Forum as a “Creative For Good” best practice by the World Economic Forum. UNDP held anti-corruption camps across the country to educate student leaders about the dangers of corruption in Thai society and to promote responsible citizenship and civic knowledge.

VIETNAM

PUBLIC-ENGAGED ANTI-CORRUPTION PROGRAMME IN VIETNAM

The Vietnam Anti-corruption Initiative Programme (VACI) 2013, commenced on June 11, has handed out awards for 24 innovative ideas on how to tackle corruption by encouraging transparency, accountability and integrity.