CHINA

CHINA INVESTIGATES THE FORMER DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER OF FAW-VOLKSWAGEN AUTOMOTIVE FOR SUSPECTED SERIOUS VIOLATIONS OF THE LAW

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection declared that An Dewu, former Deputy General Manager of FAW-Volkswagen, was being investigated for "suspected serious violations of the law".  FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Co Ltd is a joint venture between state-owned First Automotive Works and Volkswagen AG.  The investigation into An comes a few days after the Commission announced that it was investigating another former executive and a current executive at FAW-Volkswagen.

CHINA INVESTIGATES TOP OFFICIAL OF YUNNAN PROVINCE

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection stated that Bai Enpei was being investigated for "suspected serious violations of discipline and the law". Bai was the former Secretary of the Yunnan Provincial Committee of the CPC (a position he held for 10 years) and is currently the Deputy Head of the Environmental Protection and Resources Conservation Committee in the National People's Congress.

CHINA'S ANTI-CORRUPTION INVESTIGATIONS TARGET CCTV

As part of the government audit of China Central Television (CCTV) (China's state-run television giant), another official has been placed under investigation. Huang Haitao, the Deputy Director of CCTV 8 which is a channel devoted to scripted dramas, has been arrested.  Before Huang, Li Dongsheng (the former Vice President of CCTV), Guo Zhenxi (the former Head of CCTV's financial news network) and Rui Chenggang (a high-profile anchor) were also arrested by the authorities.

CHINA’S ANTIGRAFT CAMPAIGN EXPANDS TO SHANXI PROVINCE

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection announced that two senior Shanxi politicians were under investigation for "serious violation of discipline and the law".  The first was Bai Yun, a member of the Shanxi Standing Committee (the province's most powerful governing body) and the other was Ren Runhou, a Deputy Governor who was formerly a Chairman of a Shanxi mining company.  A further five former or current members of the Shanxi Standing Committee have been placed under investigation this year. 

CHINESE GMO RESEARCHER INVESTIGATED FOR CORRUPTION

Li Ning, a well-renowned researcher of genetically modified organisms in China was arrested for allegedly siphoning large sums of official grants into his own business. Li was a Professor of Biology at China Agriculture University and he supervised numerous projects with budgets over RMB100 million (US$16 million). Any government money that was not used as part of the projects should have been returned; however, some individuals (possibly Li) transferred the money to their own companies.

RETIRED CHINESE OFFICIAL IN CHARGE OF PRICES INVESTIGATED FOR CORRUPTION

Cao Changqing, former Director of the Price Department at National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), was put under investigation on suspicion of corruption. The Price Department is responsible for setting the prices on products such as electricity, water, and gas.  Other members of the NDRC have also been investigated.  On 22 August it was announced that Zhang Dongsheng, former Director of the Employment and Income Distribution Department (who was once the Director-General of the Finance Department) was under investigation on suspicion of taking bribes in relation to corporate bonds which were issued in 2005.

NDRC FINES JAPANESE AUTO-PARTS MARKERS FOR PRICE FIXING

China's National Development and Reform Commission found a number of Japanese auto-parts makers guilty of price fixing and imposed total fines of 1.24 billion yuan (US$200 million).  These were the largest fines imposed by the NDRC since the rules came into effect six years ago.  Sumitomo Industries Ltd received the largest fine of 290.4 million yuan.   

INDIA

INDIA REVIEWS STATE HOSPITALS TO END WIDESPREAD CORRUPTION

The Indian government has ordered a review of the activities at all state-owned hospitals, hoping to end the widespread corruption. This is one of the ways the new administration is seeking to address malpractice in the healthcare sector. It is allegedly common for doctors to receive extra payments for referring patients to a particular clinic or receive gifts from companies for prescribing their drugs.

38,000 RAILWAY OFFICIALS PUNISHED FOR CORRUPTION

During Question Hour, the Railway Minister, DV Sadananda Gowda, announced that approximately 38,000 railway officials had been punished for their involvement in various irregularities and corruption over last five years. He noted that these irregularities were either reported in the form of complaints (the Railway Ministry received over 42,000 complaints) or unearthed during the course of regular checks by an inter-disciplinary organisation.

CHIEF OF INDIAN BANK ARRESTED OVER BRIBERY ALLEGATIONS

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested Sudhir Kumar Jain, the Chairman of the state-run Syndicate Bank.  It is alleged that he received bribes in exchange for extending loans to private companies. Jain was arrested in Bangalore together with 11 other individuals, including two directors of Delhi-based private firms. The CBI "laid a trap" and recovered approximately US$80,000 allegedly paid to Jain through agents.  The companies had been defaulting on their loan repayments. In addition, the judge in the case has reportedly also hinted that Jain has tried to influence her. 

INDIAN FILM CENSOR ACCUSED OF SOLICITING BRIBE

Rakesh Kumar, Head of India's Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), has been arrested for requesting 70,000 rupees to approve a film from the central state of Chhattisgarh. The producer of the film allegedly tried to bribe Mr Kumar (through a representative) in order to seek an accelerated clearance. Films are not allowed to be exhibited in India before the CBFC certifies them. Mr Kumar took over as the board's Chief Executive earlier this year.

THAILAND

THAILAND'S NEW PRIME MINISTER PROMISES TO CRACK DOWN ON CORRUPTION

Thailand's Prime Minister, General Prayuth, stressed the need to combat corruption in his weekly "Returning Happiness to the People" TV address. He stated that tangible results must be seen within one year and collaboration from all sectors was needed.   He specifically stated that the law must be amended to remove the statute of limitations in corruption cases.

BANGKOK CITY COUNCIL CHAIRMAN CHARGED WITH BRIBERY

Pipat Lappattana, who is the City Councillor for Bang Rak District and Council Chairman, was charged with bribery, extortion, intimidation and racketeering for demanding protection money from street vendors.  Street vendors near the Wat Hua Lamphong and Sam Yan metro stations alleged that Mr Pipat extorted money from vendors in these areas. Mr Pipat denied all the charges and stated that he had been falsely accused because he was trying to remove illegal street traders from the city's footpaths.

INDONESIA

INDONESIA'S ENERGY MINISTER INVESTIGATED FOR CORRUPTION

Officials from Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission have declared that they are investigating the country's Energy and Mineral Resources Minister (Jero Wacik) for allegedly using his power for extortion.  It is alleged that Wacik ordered his staff to accept kickbacks in relation to project procurements and hold some fictitious meetings between 2011 and 2013, in order to adjust the Energy Ministry's budget. If found guilty Wacik will face up to 20 years in prison and could be fined over US$800,000.   Wacik's wife has also been questioned by the Commission.

INDONESIAN FEMALE GOVERNOR JAILED FOR CORRUPTION

Indonesia's first female governer, Ratu Atut Chosiyah, has been jailed for four years. She was found guilty of bribing the Constitutional Court's then Chief Justice (Akil Mochtar) in order that he would annul a local election result in the Banten province that went against one of her close associates. Mochtar was recently jailed for life for accepting more than US$5 million in bribes to influence rulings on election disputes. The governor's brother was also jailed in June 2014 for similar conduct.

INDONESIA'S PRESIDENT NAMED IN CORRUPTION CASE

Indonesia's President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has been referred to in a corruption trial for allegedly giving a US$22,000 bribe to a politician for their support for his presidency.  This has been denied. Yudhoyono ran for the presidency on an anti-corruption platform.

CAMBODIA

CAMBODIA CRACKDOWN ON CORRUPTION IN THE EDUCATION SECTOR

Cambodia's Education Ministry has cracked down on corruption in the education sector, particularly in relation to exams.  In the past, teachers would leak test papers for a fee and students would pool money to get exam invigilators to turn a blind eye to their cheating.  This year, the test papers were kept confidential and students were patted down as they entered exam halls to stop them bringing mobile phones and cheat sheets into the exam rooms.  The results of this crackdown meant that only 26% of students passed their exams compared with 87% last year

PRIME MINISTER OF CAMBODIA BLAMES PRIVATE SECTOR FOR CORRUPTION

At a Regional Conference in Phnom Penh, Prime Minister Hun Sen, stated that it is the private sector that bribes.  He then requested the private sector not to bribe and to make clean investments. Mr Hun Sen also announced that Cambodia was taking a three-pronged approach to fighting corruption with a focus on education, prevention and law enforcement.

CAMBODIA AND THAILAND SIGNED AN ANTI-CORRUPTION COOPERATION DEAL

The Vice-President of the Anti-Corruption Unit of Cambodia and the President of National Anti-Corruption Commission of Thailand signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 3 September 2014. The two sides decided to strengthen cooperation in preventing and fighting against corruption by exchanging experience and information. They also believe that the MoU will improve investigation techniques.  Last year Cambodia signed a similar deal with Laos.

VIETNAM

CONSULTANTS INDICTED IN JAPAN FOR PAYING BRIBES IN VIETNAM

The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office indicted the railway consulting firm Japan Transportation Consultants (JTC) and its current and former executives for bribing officials in Vietnam. JTC were accused of paying JPY 69.9 million to Vietnamese government officials in order to ensure that JTC would win a consulting contract for a planned rail-route funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). JICA is responsible for administering the Japanese government's Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) projects.

VIETNAM TRADE OFFICIAL SUSPENDED FOR SUSPECTED CORRUPTION

Pham Thanh Huong, the Deputy Director of the Import-Export Management Department in the northern port city of Hai Phong, has been suspended after a video allegedly caught her taking cash from various people at her office.   Huong has been suspended and the Vice Minister of Trade and Industry stated that the Ministry "would deal with the situation seriously".

MALAYSIA

MACC SOLVED 82% OF INVESTIGATION PAPERS LAST YEAR

The Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has announced that the MACC solved 82% of the 976 investigation papers on corruption in 2013, as compared to 75% in 2012.  There were 509 arrests for various offences such as accepting bribes, giving bribes, false claims and abuse of position.

SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE SHARES ANTI-CORRUPTION EXPERIENCES WITH VIETNAM

The Government Inspectorate of Vietnam and Singapore's Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2010. As part of the cooperation agreement, a delegation from the Government Inspectorate of Vietnam paid a four-day visit to Singapore to share their experiences in relation to anti-corruption. The Vietnamese officials enquired about Singapore's experience in formulating strategy to combat corruption, investigating corruption cases and efforts to prevent conflicts of interest in public sector jobs.  They also learned about Singapore's anti-corruption public awareness campaign.

TAIWAN

TAIWAN WATER CORP. EX-CHAIRMAN CHARGED WITH CORRUPTION

Former Taiwan Water Corp. (TWC) Chairman, Hsu Hsiang-kun, has been indicted on corruption charges, including accepting a bribe of NT$5 million. According to the indictment, in 2002, Kintech Technology Co won the bid for a NT$900 million contract to install advanced water purification equipment at two TWC water treatment plants. The equipment failed a number of quality tests and following this TWC terminated the contract. However, it is alleged that a senior executive at Kintech paid NT$5 million to Hsu (who was then TWC Chairman) in return for him helping Kintech get another chance to complete the contract. Hsu then directed his subordinates to settle the dispute with Kintech.

OVER HALF OF KEELUNG'S CITY COUNCILLORS QUESTIONED IN CORRUPTION CASE

Keelung prosecutors summoned and questioned 18 City Councillors as suspects in a case of corruption. The case stems from a complaint about the Yue Mei Street expansion project carried out by the Keelung City Government. The Keelung District Prosecutors Office discovered that Keelung applied for a NT$500 million subsidy from the Ministry of the Interior for the street expansion project (which was thought to be unnecessary). The Keelung City Council building and the residences and the offices of the City Councillors were searched.

In addition, Huang Ching-tai (Keelung City Councillor Speaker and independent Keelung mayoral candidate) has been remanded on suspicion that he received close to NT$10 million in bribes relating to a construction scandal.   

KOREA

THREE LAWMAKERS FACE BRIBERY CHARGES

Jo Hyun-yong is suspected of receiving bribes from railroad track component maker Sampyo E&C in return for helping the company secure several contracts. Park Sang-eun has been accused of accepting illicit funds.  Approximately 590 won in cash was found in Park's car and at his son's residence; it is thought that the funds are either from candidates who attempted to run in the 4 June local elections or from regional CEOs in the construction industry. Kim Jae-yun is suspected of receiving kickbacks totalling 50 million won in return for leaving out the term "vocational" from the Korean name of Seoul Arts College.

KOREA DEVELOPMENT BANK OFFICIALS PROBED FOR BRIBERY

Employees of the state-owned Korea Development Bank are being probed in relation to allegations that they received bribes from Tongyang Group. The Seoul Central District Prosecutor's Office has secured evidence showing that three or four employees received a total of 500 million won from Tongyang executives over the past few years. KDB is a creditor of companies in the Tongyang Group.  The investigators have yet to discover the purpose of the payments.