Corruption in Indonesia fuelled by cheating culture at schools, critics say

Indonesian high school pupils sit for national exams in Malang in eastern Java. Cheating is rife in schools, critics claim. Photo: AFP

After praying for good grades in their exams, a group of Indonesian high-school students received a surprising text message - come to class 90 minutes early and you'll be given the answers.

Saturday, 1 June, 2013, 3:58am

Downfall of corrupt official Liu Tienan a rare success, says whistle-blower

Liu Tienan

The journalist who raised corruption allegations on the internet in December against the head of the mainland's energy regulator, contributing to the senior official's downfall this month, says his success is unlikely to be repeated.

30 May 2013 - 4:58am

New probe of Maoming city's massive graft scandal

Luo Yinguo

The Communist Party's top graft-busting agency recently sent dozens of disciplinary officials to Maoming , Guangdong, to reopen an investigation into a massive corruption scandal that brought down the city's former party chief and more than 300 local officials, a person familiar with the matter said.

20 May 2013 - 5:12am

Ex-ICAC boss faces graft probe for allegedly dining out on public money

Timothy Tong Hin-ming. Photo: Sam Tsang

Former anti-graft chief Timothy Tong Hin-ming faces investigation by his former subordinates as new evidence suggests he used public money to treat officials from Beijing's liaison office.

26 Apr 2013 - 8:31am 9 comments

Cardinal thinks Pope will fight graft

Cardinal Zen is hopeful about the new pope. Photo: Sam Tsang

A Hong Kong cardinal criticised former pope Benedict for compromising too much on Sino-Vatican relations, which he says have led to the weakening of mainland Catholic churches. Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, 81, speaking yesterday at a Baptist University forum, said he was full of hope about the new pope.

20 Apr 2013 - 3:22am

Guangdong official suspended after 'ladyboys' photos circulate online

Photo circulating online shows Huang Kangsheng' photograph with ladyboys.

Xinglong village party secretary Huang Kangsheng is now under investigation accused of organising an overseas holiday on public expenses, Xiashan district authority told the newspaper on Wednesday, one day after Huang denied the online accusations.

17 Apr 2013 - 5:42pm 1 comment

Ex-railways minister Liu Zhijun seeks to avoid death penalty

Former railways minister Liu Zhijun. Photo: AP

Beleaguered former railways minister and alleged philanderer Liu Zhijun asked lawyers to help him escape the death penalty in his upcoming trial, while his wife described him as a good man who came home for dinner every night, mainland media reports said.

12 Apr 2013 - 5:44am 1 comment

Ex-railways chief Liu Zhijun charged with corruption

Former railways minister Liu Zhijun. Photo: AP

Prosecutors filed charges against Liu in Beijing's No 2 Intermediate Court yesterday, Xinhua reported, in a long-anticipated move in an investigation that had led to the dismantling of the sprawling Railways Ministry last month in a cabinet shake-up. A trial date would be announced "in due time", Xinhua said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Graft probe of close aide deals blow to Ma's credibility

Ma Ying-jeou. Photo: AFP

Taiwanese prosecutors are investigating claims of corruption involving a close aide of President Ma Ying-jeou. That deals a blow to the credibility of Ma, who has vowed repeatedly since taking office in 2008, to keep his government free of graft.

29 Mar 2013 - 5:04am

Rafael Hui faces new corruption charge

Rafael Hui Si-yan. Photo: Edward Wong

Former government number two Rafael Hui Si-yan is to face a new charge that he “concealed” alleged corrupt payments of more than HK$11 million when Hong Kong’s biggest ever corruption case returns to court next week.

1 Mar 2013 - 11:09pm

Ex-TVB manager Stephen Chan back in court over graft

Stephen Chan appears at District Court. The Court of Appeal sent back a bribery case against the former general manager. Photo: David Wong

A district court judge said an appearance by a talk show host at a countdown event at a mall would mean the host would receive payment if the arrangement had been brokered by an agency. Chief District Judge Poon Siu-tung made the comment at a submission hearing yesterday after the Court of Appeal sent back a bribery case against Stephen Chan Chi-wan, a former TVB general manager, and his former assistant Edthancy Tseng Pei-kun to the trial judge.

21 Feb 2013 - 7:37am

Top ministers caught up in graft probe

Two senior Australian ministers have been dragged into a snowballing Labor Party corruption scandal, admitting accepting hospitality from a former power broker at the centre of an inquiry.

7 Feb 2013 - 4:16am

Indians angry at officials who own cash-counting machines

An Indian bank employee counting rupee currency notes in Mumbai. Photo: AFP

Last month, income tax officials in the southern state of Karnataka who raided the house of politician KS Eshwarappa found gold, silver and cash stashed everywhere. But what took them aback was the cash counter.

31 Jan 2013 - 3:01am

China rated ‘high risk’ on global military corruption index

China’s armed forces are battling a major corruption problem, according to watchdog Transparency International. Photo: EPA

China scored as a “high-risk” country on a new global index on defence establishment corruption launched by the Berlin-based organisation at a press conference in Taiwan.


29 Jan 2013 - 5:34pm

Communist Party watchdog to launch 5-year war on graft

Xi Jinping. Photo: Reuters

The Communist Party's disciplinary watchdog will draft and launch a five-year anti-corruption plan this year and start spot checks on senior officials' declared personal assets and particulars in the latest effort to curb graft.

24 Jan 2013 - 4:52am