Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Asset declaration by cabinet members: time to 'Look East'

Have been refraining from commenting on things political...
But, my conscience beholds me...
Speak up for the good of your country! My conscience seems to insist...

Quoting the Malaysian Insider...  Show asset-declaration precedent, MCA tells MACC...
IPOH, Aug 1 — MCA today asked the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to give examples of countries which asked their Cabinet members to declare their assets to the public. Its president, Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, said to his knowledge, no country practised such a policy. “Even in the United States, they only declare their assets to the president. They don’t go around announcing their assets here and there,” he told reporters after opening Perak MCA’s annual convention here today.

While hardly an expert on such matters, I believe the Japanese cabinet members have been required to declare their assets (voluntarily) since 2001... quite recent, considering that she is advanced nation...

For the benefit of MCA and MACC, I hope they would look up this link in the Japanese papers...
Cabinet members report relatively modest total assets; PM has lowest in history

Prime Minister Kan Naoto had his cabinet members declared their assest shortly after taking office...

Now, as Malaysian Insider asks... 'Is declaring assets publicly so difficult?'