Malaysia’s ruling party under corruption spotlight


March 15th, 2009 in Breaking News, Government, The Elite

Malaysia’s ruling party under corruption spotlight - Yahoo!7 News.

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - A top member of Malaysia’s ruling party has been charged with corruption while another has been investigated in the past week as the party heads for a critical annual meeting.

The new allegations put the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) under the spotlight but analysts said the moves only touched the surface and suggested corruption ran deeper in the party that has ruled for half a century.

On Friday, Norza Zakaria, a member of UMNO’s supreme council — its highest decision-making body — was charged in central Pahang state with two charges of giving bribes worth 3,400 ringgit (918 dollars) to party members in January.