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Indonesia: Anti-corruption activists present five demands to president

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono Jakarta, Indonesia – Representatives of community-based anti-corruption organizations at a meeting with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here Wednesday (25 January 2012) made five demands on the government`s efforts to fight graft. The organizations` first demand concerned law enforcement, said Teten Masduki, secretary general of Transparency International Indonesia (TII) after the meeting. The second demand concerned the way in which the suspected cases of corruption relating to natural resources. The activists asked the president to implement an open and transparent method of investigations in such cases. The activists also requested President to instruct the National Police Chief or the Attorney General to tackle stalled corruption cases and make it easier for the public to access court verdicts on corruption cases. The third demand was about state budget efficiency should be increased at the planning stage so that there will be no significant budgetary deviations. In their fourth demand, the anti corruption activists stressed the need to reform the bureaucracy to make it more professional, neutral and cleaner so that it could serve the public in better ways. Their fifth demand was for the enhancement of the Civil Community and Education Movement against Corruption (Gerakan Masyarakat Sipil dan Pendidikan AntiKorupsi). Teten said the President promptly gave his response to the activists` demands by outlining what the government had done so far and still had to do to...

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India: Ramdev asks people to vote for BJP and CPI

Baba Ramdev Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev yesterday asked people to vote for BJP and CPI in the coming Assembly elections in five states and “reject” other parties which have failed to accept “genuine” issues of bringing back black money and corruption. He had sent letters to all political parties on seven points including declaring black money stashed in foreign banks as national assets and others. Only two parties BJP and CPI responded favourably. Therefore he urged the people to vote for only these two parties. He said that he got no response from the Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue of black money. Ramdev said he would soon visit election-bound states of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab and make a similar appeal to voters.  He said that he was not given permission to hold a meeting in Haridwar on grounds that it would be a threat to peace, law and order. “I have only talked about bringing back black money from foreign banks. Is this a sin,” he...

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Top official denounces Vatican corruption

Italian media reportd on Wednesday (25 January 2012) that top Vatican official who is now ambassador to Washington, in a series of letters to Pope Benedict XVI, had denounced serious corruption in Holy See. Carlo Maria Vigano was secretary general of the governorate of the Vatican — the person in charge of the administration — until October, when he was named ambassador to the United States in what was seen as a demotion. In extracts from the letters published in Corriere della Sera and Libero, Vigano said he had faced a “disastrous” situation when he became head of the governorate in 2009 and said his transfer to Washington was “punishment”. His criticism was focussed on Vatican Financial Committee that includes the head of the Vatican Bank, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi. He accused the bank of favouring its own interest more than the Vatican’s. He said that the construction contracts were always going to the same companies for costs more than twice as high in Italy. Italian newspapers said that Vigano’s reforms helped bring the governorate, which includes the Vatican Museums, from a deficit of eight-million euros ($10.4 million) in 2009 to a profit of 34.4 million euros the following...

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CPIB confirms arrest of ex-chiefs of CNB & SCDF

Peter Lim Sin Pang Ng Boon Gay Singapore: The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB), Singapore’s anti-corruption agency, said in a statement on Wednesday (25 January 2012) that it arrested the then CNB director, Ng Boon Gay, on 19 December last year. The then SCDF commissioner, Peter Lim Sin Pang, was placed under arrest on 4 January this year. Both men are now on bail. Both are said to be co-operating with CPIB in the investigations. CPIB functioning under the purview of Prime Minister’s Office adopts a zero tolerance approach to corruption. Meanwhile the SCDF and CNB, both Home Team agencies, assured the public that they will carry out their duties to ensure Singapore’s safety and security despite the developments at their...

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Civil defence, narcotics chiefs in CPIB probe

Peter Lim Sin Pang Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) chief Peter Lim Sin Pang and Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) Director Ng Boon Gay have been suspended from today (25 January 2012). They are being investigated by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau. Home affairs Ministry said that there were allegations of serious personal misconduct. Both men were former government scholarship recipients. They served more than 40 years each in the uniformed services. From February 1 Mr Eric Yao,43, SCDF’s senior Director for Emergency Services will take over as Commissioner and Mr Ng Ser Song, 49, will become Ng Boon Gay CNB chief. He is a former CNB deputy director and currently director of the Police Intelligence Department. The ministry said that it was unable to comment as investigations are ongoing. Chinese evening daily broke the news yesterday said the case involved “money and women”. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs, Teo Chee Hean said that any allegations would be investgated fully and thoroughly. A few months after Mr Lim took over SCDF in May 2009, the force awarded a S34 million contract to transform emergency call tracing and despatch system to a new-generation command and control system. Sources close to him said that he was always exploring new ways to improve the service to the public. Mr Ng who headed a 700-member team at the drug enforcement agency,...

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