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31 December 2010

MACC will ‘verify’ with parties involved in Alcatel bribe scandal

The MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) said that they will be ‘verifying’ with the parties involved and concerned after it was reported that international telecommunications company Alcatel had bribed Malaysian officials to secure contracts previously. MACC however had called on all not to speculate and wait for official reports. Its statement said “MACC views the allegations very seriously and will verify with the parties concerned to obtain details of the allegations before appropriate action can be taken. MACC seeks the cooperation of the media to not speculate before the details of this claim can be verified,”

According to the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) of the United States, 2 Malaysia consultants were alleged to have disclosed ‘non-public information’ on competitor’s tender bids where they were paid some USD700,000. This was to secure the contract with Celcom on its 3G mobile services. SEC said “Alcatel agreed on Monday to pay more than US$137 million to settle US charges that it paid millions of dollars in bribes to foreign officials to win business in Latin America and Asia. The telecommunications equipment maker was accused of making payments to government officials in countries including Costa Rica, Honduras, Taiwan and Malaysia to win or keep contracts worth tens of millions of dollars.


If they pay a third party who are not related to CELCOM, the payment is called COMMISSIONS and completely legal.

But if the payment is towards officials within CELCOM, or Government officials with power over CELCOM, then its CORRUPTION.

I'm sure, the MACC, as the agency entrusted to deal with CORRUPTION will due their utmost to uproot the EVIL practices, regardless who committed it.

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