How Malaysia’s new anti-corruption campaign is a huge victory
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By JEREMY BERGER, AP Malaysian police officers march with a sign reading “Justice for all” on February 2, 2020 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
A new anti-corruption drive that began two weeks ago has ushered in a new era of accountability and transparency in Malaysia, a country already grappling with its worst graft crisis since the 1990s.
Malaysia’s new Anti-Corruption Campaign was launched to curb corruption after the government took the unprecedented step of appointing a special prosecutor to investigate a corruption scandal involving former Prime Minister Najib Razak’s family.
The new program was launched by a committee of Parliament that was appointed by Najib to examine the scandal.
The new anti—corruption campaign was launched in the wake of a corruption case involving the former Prime Minster’s wife, Mahathir Mohamad, in April.
In July, a court acquitted Mohamads daughter in the case.
The court’s decision led to widespread outrage across Malaysia, with thousands of Malaysians holding protests.
A series of high-profile arrests and convictions brought the country back into the spotlight after years of political paralysis.
“We were all so excited.
I was so happy, we thought this was going to bring change,” said Mahathirs brother and deputy prime minister, Mahtaz Ahmed.
The government promised to bring the country out of the dark ages.
But the crackdown has been met with criticism from rights groups and civil society groups.
Critics say the anti-corruption drive was rushed, lacking a detailed plan, and was not widely distributed.
The campaign has brought the spotlight back on the government, which was seen as having failed to protect its citizens and to bring transparency to the countrys politics.
Malay Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak and his wife, Prime Minister Mahathira Mohamid, were among those arrested and detained during the crackdown.
The pair were released after a court granted bail, according to Malaysian media reports.
A lawyer for Mahathiri was also detained during a protest in the capital, Kuala Lumpur.
He later released on bail.
The government has also said the new campaign was not conducted in a transparent manner, and has not explained why the campaign was halted by the previous government.
Malaya has one of the highest graft rates in the world.
A 2015 government report found the country had the second-highest rate of graft among Southeast Asian countries.
But Malaysia is still in the process of revising its anti-graft law.
The Justice Ministry said the anti—graft campaign was implemented with a large scale to curb graft.
It is aimed at improving transparency, ensuring accountability, and ensuring a fair trial, a spokesperson for the Ministry said.
“The new Anti—Corruption campaign is one of many steps taken by the government to combat corruption,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
The campaign is not limited to the Mohamud family.
Malaysian police also arrested six members of the Najib family, including Najibs son and former deputy prime ministers, Mohamed Zahid Zahid and Abdul Rahman Zahid, for corruption.
Police also arrested Mahtars brother and son-in-law for money laundering.
Police detained Mahtans daughter, Tanja, and three of her friends for alleged involvement in corruption and were expected to charge them, the Ministry of Justice said.
Tanja had been arrested on Feb. 3, a day before the Anti-Graft Campaign began.
She is currently being held in a detention facility.
Police said they had arrested the three members of her family on suspicion of conspiring to commit illegal financial transactions.
The ministry said she had been charged with violating a section of the Anti—Graft and Anti-Avoidance Act.
Police and prosecutors have said they have evidence against the three people, but that the charges were dropped after Mahtads lawyer filed a complaint.The Anti—Graft campaign began with the arrest of Mahathires wife and the arrest and detention of the family.
It then spread to other officials.
The three Mohamuds who were arrested were Mahtas daughter Tanja Abdulrahman, Tanjana Mohamadi and Tanja Khadim.
They were charged with failing to prevent corruption and failing to provide necessary information, according a statement from the Justice Ministry.
The investigation into the Mohams daughter’s case was launched after a police officer interviewed her on Feb 2 and found that she had engaged in transactions for illegal activities.
The investigation was launched following the arrest on Feb 1 of Mahtos daughter, Mahira Mohamdah.
By JEREMY BERGER, AP Malaysian police officers march with a sign reading “Justice for all” on February 2, 2020 in…