"Cowgate" Scandal and Step Down of minister

"Cowgate" Scandal and Step Down of minister

Kuala Lumpur : Malaysia | Mar 11, 2012 at 10:30 PM PDT
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Shahrizat Abdul Jalil (C) takes a tour of a bus for women only in Kuala Lumpur in January

How disgraceful, minister for family, women and community of a developing country like Malaysia has found prominently engaging for personal benefit rather than poor families and communities. As widely advocated women power and rights, her involvement for corruption undoubtedly proved women are not weaker than men in money making game too. Recently, minister for women, family and community Shahrizat Abdul Jalil has been under pressure since allegations emerged that her family misused funds that amounted 250 Malaysian currency equivalents to 83 million US dollar to pay for condominiums, vacations and a Mercedes. And she has benefited from soft government loans which were used for personal means, including the purchase of luxury apartments in Malaysia and neighboring Singapore. These deeds also found as proof of misuse of government funds and authorities. Ms. Jalil has been taking ministerial profile from last election that held in 2008. On the other hand, Minister Jalil claimed that her stand down from ministerial profile was not related to the cattle project run by her husband and three children. But an annual report by the auditor-general said that the National Feedlot Centre run by the minister's family had not matched its requirements of 40% self-sufficiency in beef production by 2010 which has become as one dominant proof and increased moral pressure to take step down. But She announced she was stepping down as a "responsible member of the government" and her term is about to expire within next month. How ever, her resignation lay down after month's long pressure kept by public and opposing parties. Ms. Shahrizat said Sunday she has nothing to do with project handle by her husband. And added further, she remains working as chief of the women's wing in the ruling Malay party. Police have recommended that the company's directors be charged with criminal breach of trust but the attorney-general has asked police to conduct further investigations to carry further detail on scandal. The scandal has proved uncomfortable for Prime Minister Mr. Razak, who has promised to root out corruption as reported by national Bernama news agency.

A south Asian country Malaysia has one of the lively economies and boasting industrial growths and political stabilities as well. Politically Malaysia has 13 federal states and 3 federal territories. And a composition of multi ethnic and religious societies encompass with Muslim majority in it's almost states along with economically powerful Chinese communities. National Malays comprise some 60% of the population where Chinese constitute around 26%; Indians and aboriginal peoples occupied the rest space. Malaysia is a rich country due to its excellent beaches, dense rainforests, wild life and tribal traditions as well as brilliant sceneries and these assets placed Malaysia in key destination of tourists of the regions. And due to skillful leadership Malaysia has changed its identity as industrial based economy from farm based economy. To gain present reputation Malaysia has faced many ups and downs in its way such as Malaysia's economic has been injured by the global economic decline, which has hit export markets hard. In March 2009 the government unveiled a $16 billion US dollar economic incentive plan as seeking to keep at bay from deep economic recession. And Malaysia also faced other serious challenges politically instability due to religious differences and the cultural wealth gap as well as environmentally, in preserving its valuable forests. Moreover, Malaysia's human rights reputation has internationally criticized. The widely commented cowgate scandal that associated with women minister make tougher for Najib's party since general elections expected to be held in 2013.

Even with higher pace of development in Asia region, many Asian countries are equally sufferings from politician and ruling leaders as they engage in financial benefits rather than nation's glory. Few months back India Supreme Court accused for mis-selling bandwidth and involvement found a former minister A Raja, Likewise, JP Guta minister for communication of joint government that led by Nepal Maoist party, moved to police custody after Supreme Court decision on corruption case.

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Malaysia's Women, Families and Communities Minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil speaks to journalists as she announces her decision to quit in Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia's Women, Families and Communities Minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil speaks to journalists as she announces her decision to quit in Kuala Lumpur
Dadhi Aryal is based in Kathmandu, Kathmandu, Nepal, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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