Skip to comments.Islamic nations corrupt: Malaysia's PM
Posted on 08/28/2006 9:01:00 AM PDT by Marius3188
Islamic nations are ranked as among the world's most-corrupt and the fight to tackle the scourge could be tough due to poverty and poor governance, Malaysia's prime minister said on Monday.
Taking his anti-corruption message to the rest of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) nations, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who chairs the group, said there were no quick fixes to completely eradicate the problem.
"I am deeply saddened to note that Muslim countries, as a group, do not rate very highly when it comes to perceptions of corruption," he said at the opening of the group's first forum on graft.
"I believe that many of the development challenges that the Muslim Ummah (community) faces have their roots in problems of poverty, poor governance and limited education opportunities," he said.
Citing Transparency International's 2005 report, he said the Muslim country with the best record could only rank 29th out of 158 countries surveyed.
"More than half of the bottom ten places were occupied by Muslim countries," he said. Chad was ranked as the most corrupt.
"The current condition that Muslim countries find themselves is deeply alarming and distressing," he said in a speech.
The 57-member OIC comprises 1.8 billion people, ranging from wealthy Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to poor African states such as Chad and Sudan.
Abdullah, who came to office in late 2003, convincingly won elections in 2004 after campaigning to clean up corruption and cronyism.
He has charged a minister for land with corruption and dropped another minister from cabinet and his party for money politics, but critics say he could do more.
OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, in a prepared speech delivered at the forum, put the blame on unethical multinational firms doing business in Muslim countries.
"I also wish to identify the role of MNCs, who are responsible for spreading the curse of corruption," he said.
Yet, he is trying to clean up Malaysia, which is almost as hard as cleaning up NOLA.
Here's an idea.
Dictatorships and religious theocracies lead to corruption.
oooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I don't know.....
Meeeeessssiiiiiccccoooooo has to rank up there with the all time most corrupt governments.
Yeah, that's gotta be it.
Well, when one of the basic moral tenants of a majority of a countries citizens/subjects is that it is OK to lie, in order to further your goals, or protect yourself from persecution, it should come as no surpise corruption results.
Unlike the previous PM, he is not blaming all the troubles on the Jews. He might have thought it was time for a look in the mirror.
Malaysia, and Indonesia as well, could really be kicking ass economically yet they blow it due to government and religious corruption.
And this just in..."Study finds that there is no honor among thieves and pirates."
Well said. It's the dot-on-the-map between them that's got it right.
This guy better watch out or the religion of pieces might go all fatwa on his @$$.
This guy should duck - I smell a fatwa headed in his direction.
You knew it was coming.
All the problems with the middle-east is because they do business with the US and the JOOOOSSSS!!!
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