I wrote about Bina Puri's possible intentions to pay bribes here and here.
Finally the story has been reported by the Malaysian press, in this case by KiniBiz, the article can be found here (full story for subscribers).
"......Bina Puri Group executive director Matthew Tee has denied that Bina Puri entered into the agreement with ANC with the intention to bribe."
"When asked why there was no denial to the allegations in court, Tee responded that it was the judge’s findings and that Bina Puri is at peace with their intention to take ANC on for technical advisory and not to bribe."
I tend to disagree with the above. I invite the reader to take note of the very detailed judgment, especially paragraphs 105 until 111, all points brought forward by the defendant (Bina Puri).
Just one of many examples given by the judge:
In an otherwise unrelated posting from KiniBiz: "PEMANDU to push for more radical reforms to fight corruption", an excerpt:
Director of Anti-Corruption NKRA of Pemandu, Ravindran Devagunam said Pemandu acknowledged the results of the 2013 Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) released by Transparency International and take this on as a further impetus to push for more reform.
“The survey clearly shows that what we have done is not enough. We need to intensify efforts and continue to push for improvements across the social, political and business arenas,” he said in a statement here today.
The GCB survey was conducted in more than 100 countries and found that more than half surveyed globally believed corruption had worsened over the past two years.
What is very much missing is enforcement against the "big fish". The agencies have to show credible results against the well-connected, only then will the perception improve. At least, that is my opinion.
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