BANGKOK - To encourage the Thai public to "Refuse to be Corrupt," the United Nations Development Programme and the Thai Youth Anti-Corruption Network will hold a major rally at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre on Sunday, December 9, to mark the International Anti-Corruption Day, The Nation newspaper reports. A recent ABAC poll reported that a majority (63.4 per cent) of Thai people hold the view that corruption in government is acceptable as long as they also benefit from it, and a majority of young people under 20 now hold the same attitude, it said.
JAKARTA - Aware of the power of music to influence people, anti-graft watchdog Indonesian Corruption Watch has joined forces with some of Indonesia’s finest independent musicians to produce an album to promote its anticorruption campaign. During the past three months, bands and musicians including Zeke Khaseli, Bali-based grunge outfit Navicula, Jakarta-based rock and roll band Morfem, Bandung-based hip hop collective Eyefeelsix and Yogyakarta-based psyechedelic band Risky Summerbee & the Honeythief, have laboured to write protest songs against corruption in government, the Jakarta Post reports.
DAKAR — So-called "ill-gotten gains" investigations are underway into several current and former ruling families from West and Central Africa, the Voice of America reports. Senegal's new government has launched a landmark investigation into several key figures from the former government, while justice officials in the United States and France continue to investigate the foreign assets of African heads of state and their families who are accused of embezzling money from public coffers back home. Dakar has reportedly filed a complaint with a Paris court to investigate the origins of assets held in France by an undisclosed list of high-profile figures associated with the former Senegalese government.
NEW ORLEANS - Federal prosecutors in the United States are investigating as part of an ongoing corruption probe former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who rose to national prominence as the city's leader during Hurricane Katrina but whose popularity was eroded by frustration with rebuilding efforts, the Wall Street Journal reports.
LONDON - An independent examination into how police in the English county of Kent record and investigate crime is being carried out as part of an anti-corruption inquiry, the BBC reports. It comes after five officers were arrested in the Kentish town of Maidstone over claims of "administrative irregularities" in the way prisoners had been dealt with.
PANGUANYING, China - Residents of the tiny village of Panguanying have become the latest Chinese village to rise up and demand an end to corruption, and environmental degradation and even the chance to freely pick their own leaders, The Globe and Mail reports. On Wednesday, a crowd of about 100 residents stormed past a single official – who tried to remind them they were breaking the rules – and briefly took over the local Communist Party committee office in order to tell a Globe and Mail reporter about their grievances against the local government.
KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's government will offer training to lawmakers to teach them how to avoid corruption, a key issue ahead of national elections that must be held by the middle of next year, the Jakarta Globe reports. Malaysia's ruling party has vowed to crack down on graft, which critics say is rampant, the newspaper added.
MUMBAI - The Indian government is considering a proposal to make bribery in the private sector a criminal offence through amendments in the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The IPC does not address bribery in private sector, the Mumbai Mirror reports.