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REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK: Ma’s efforts to fight corruption questioned

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff reporter

In the face of growing discontent over the Ma administration’s poor crisis-management skills, the government’s integrity forum on Saturday was attended by 44 top-level Cabinet officials, who discussed anti-corruption measures.

Amid challenges over the impact of the forum on anti--corruption work, the Ma administration is planning an “anti-corruption” marathon later this month as part of a wide ranging anti-corruption campaign.

Agency Against Corruption Deputy Head Yang Shih-chin (楊石金) dismissed criticism of the agency for organizing the run.

The event was planned months ago, long before Lin’s corruption scandal broke, Yang said.

“Combating corruption is the collective work of every citizen and the marathon is aimed at raising public awareness of anti--corruption work,” he added.

In response to the agency’s failure to uncover Lin’s alleged involvement in corruption before the magazine broke the story, Yang said that Lin accepted the bribe when he was a KMT legislator and it was “beyond the agency’s authority” to probe the integrity of non-government officials.

However, that statement only served to highlight the Ma administration’s failure to put a proper ethics mechanism in place. Existing anti-corruption measures failed to expose Lin’s corruption and many find Ma’s pledges on reinforcing such measures and promoting clean government lacking in persuasion.

Unless Ma can present practical strategies to combat corruption and expand his circle of trusted lieutenants, there is every chance that Lin will not be the last corrupt official to be uncovered before the end of his second term.

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