A real need to tackle corruption at a regional scale

"Exporting Taiwan's Model of Good Governance" by Liaison Gibson (Taipei Times, Wednesday, Jan 17)

C4 Center Executive Director, Cynthia Gabriel, was quoted in the Taipei Times, as anti-corruption activists share their role Taiwan can play in promoting transparency there and abroad. 

Cynthia Gabriel, founder of Malaysia’s Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism, says that though her country has enjoyed strong economic growth for many years, the recent depreciation of the ringgit has caused her fellow citizens to feel the pinch of embezzled public funds.

“They are the ones paying for the crimes of those in power,” Gabriel says.

Gabriel, whose organization has linked up with similar groups in Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia, says that NGOs in the region must work together because ASEAN still has a way to go in creating the shared legal frameworks needed to counter cross-border corruption, which is endemic to many Southeast Asian countries.

She adds that enforcement across different jurisdictions is impractical, which allows corrupt individuals hiding in safe havens to often go unpunished.

“There is now a real need to tackle corruption at a regional scale,” she says.

Fariz says that forming such networks is possible because civic groups across the region have a common purpose in fighting corruption. This, Fariz adds, stands in stark contrast to Southeast Asia’s governments, whose interests regarding financial regulation often diverge or even conflict — for example the repatriation of profits.

“Civil society should ... lead the effort to combat cross-border corruption across the region,” he says.

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