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  1. Let's be transparent: corruption is a public sector phenomenon

    Posted Apr 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... promises of wealth in the ears of innocent public officials. It's the other way round. When corruption actually involves direct payments of money it most commonly starts with public officials demanding these payments in exchange for preference, not businessmen offering them. That is the pattern for traditional cash bribery. The more modern trend in corruption is a cosy arrangement ...

  2. Graft-busters compete for best corruption warning

    Posted Dec 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... international competition for anti-corruption adverts took on a distinctly darker tone. In China, a small fish gets greedy, eating more and more bait until it is caught, leaving only its bones that spell out the Chinese character for greed; in Sierra Leone the hospital drugs one man sells leads to the death of his daughter; in Iraq, corruption will bring shame to your family. In total, 29 ...

  3. Draft regulations take aim at corruption in tendering

    Posted Dec 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Toh Han Shih hanshih.toh@scmp.com New draft regulations aimed at combating corruption in tendering for projects have been approved at State Council meetings chaired by Premier Wen Jiabao. ... tender, there is less scope for corruption,' said Richard di Bona, who runs a Hong Kong transport consultancy. 'The Chinese government acknowledges corruption is endangering political ...

  4. Committed to investigating corruption, wherever it lurks

    Posted Nov 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... I refer to Jake van der Kamp's column ('Graft-busters go from hooking big fish to catching minnows', November 20). Irrespective of its scale or magnitude, corruption is an insidious crime that should be attacked on all fronts. Hong Kong is widely regarded as an effective model of fighting corruption through investigation, prevention and education, and one of the least ...

  5. Perceptions differ from reality in assessments of corruption

    Posted Nov 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland tom.holland@scmp.com Who is more corrupt: the person who pays a bribe, or the person who accepts one? It's a tricky question. In some countries, paying bribes ... to compete. In these cases it is easy enough to point the finger of blame at the official or executive who elicits the bribe. The business person who is forced to pay up is the victim of a corrupt ...

  6. UN official pushes anti-bribery law

    Posted Dec 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... corruption is getting more sophisticated and multinational, a UN anti-corruption expert said yesterday. 'There is need for every country to legislate in that direction,' said Dimitri Vlassis, the chief of the corruption and economic crime branch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, in Hong Kong yesterday. 'Of course, there is need for countries that have a much ...

  7. Top officials face trial in soccer corruption scandal

    Posted Dec 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Top soccer officials will go on trial behind closed doors at Tieling Intermediate People's Court in Liaoning on Monday in the first hearing of charges related to a corruption scandal, the Shenyang Daily reports. The judge will first hear testimony from suspect coaches, players and referees before summoning former top officials to the dock, the report said, quoting an official ...

  8. World Bank accuses 11 firms of corruption

    Posted Dec 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Toh Han Shih hanshih.toh@scmp.com Eleven mainland companies are on a corruption and fraud blacklist compiled by the World Bank. Top of the list is the UK with 49 offenders, followed ... Bank can ban Chinese firms from tendering for its projects if they were found guilty of corrupt practices. 456 Number of firms worldwide sanctioned by World Bank ...

  9. Former publisher of sports weekly jailed for corruption

    Posted Dec 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Raymond Li raymond.li@scmp.com The former publisher of Titan Sports Weekly, one of the mainland's most lucrative sports publications, has been jailed for 11? years for bribe-taking and misappropriation of public funds, the China Youth Daily reported ...

  10. Ex-cadre jailed after years of corruption

    Posted Dec 18th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Sally Wang sally.wang@scmp.com A Guangzhou court sentenced former Maoming deputy mayor Yang Guangliang to 19 years behind bars for taking millions of yuan in bribes and not being able to account for property valued at more than 34 million yuan (HK$41.4 mi ...




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