Background

C4 upholds important principles of good governance – CLEAN, COMPETENT, CONSCIOUS and CREDIBLE. The Centre is independent, non partisan and a non profit entity.

Building The Collective Fight Against Corruption

Corruption contributes to instability, poverty and is a dominant factor driving developing countries towards state catastrophe. Malaysia is no less vulnerable to this scourge. Decades of an entrenched system cloaked in cronyism and secrecy, has served to undermine the rule of law, weakened trust in democratic institutions, and eroded principles of transparency and accountability.

The desire of ordinary Malaysians to combat corruption was vociferously expressed in the last General Elections, with strong campaign calls for “CHANGE”. The Centre to Combat Corruption & Cronyism (C4 consultancies), was set up as an inspiration to this call – and that the fight against corruption must become everybody’s business.

Survey after survey in recent years have placed Malaysia in the spotlight for an evident slide down the slippery slope for poor governance, bribe paying and increased perceptions on corruption, illicit outflows and crony capitalism. The contents of the Auditor General report to Parliament, has exposed outrageous and controversial information on Malaysia’s public administration, dragging Malaysia into further disrepute. Actual details on security personnel carelessness in the face of rising crime, government wastage and public funds being mismanaged were brought to the fore, causing not only embarrassment but anger and disbelief among Malaysians alike.

Where Is The Political Will?

The burst of concerns over government wastage, abuse of power and increasing mismanagement of tax payers monies, have raised alarm over the incompetency and corruption prevalent in the country today. Rising prices of goods, subsidy cuts, the imposition of the Goods and Services taxes (GST) in recent months, have apparently shifted the burden on the average public to replenish depleting funds. This has aggravated the need to promote accountability and transparency at all levels of government.

Despite the Federal government placing the fight against corruption as among its top National Key Result Areas (NKRA) and a new Ministry on governance established, there remains mounting dissatisfaction over a deficient political will to carry the fight forward. Unresolved grand corruption cases, and the overwhelming culture of secrecy and incompetence have created an urgent need for reform, especially efforts to redeem the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) and other democratic institutions to fight this scourge and protect the rights of the people.

Malaysia ratified the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) on 24 September 2008. This compels Malaysia to abide by the convention that binds it to promote practices of good governance, fight corruption and enhance transparency. Embodying elements of prevention, criminalization, international cooperation, and asset recovery, the convention makes a comprehensive guide for member states to fight corruption in a holistic way. Little noticed following the process of ratification, it gives civil society tremendous room to pressure for accountability of our administration based on international norms.