DAP calls for a high-level NAM Ministerial Anti-Corruption Conference later this year to mark the highest point of three-year Malaysian Chair of NAM before the passing of the baton to Cuba in 2006
Media Conference Statement
by Lim Kit Siang
(Petaling Jaya, Wednesday): The Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) on the Advancement of Women ended yesterday with the Putrajaya Declaration but only time can tell whether this first-ever NAM meeting on gender equality, empowerment and development, attended by 54 ministers and heads of delegation from the 84 participating countries, would lead to major and sustained improvement of the status of women in the NAM countries.
Malaysia’s chairmanship of the 116-nation NAM will end next year when the 14th NAM Summit is held in Cuba. More needs to be done if Malaysia’s Chair of NAM is to leave a major imprint in NAM and international relations, in particular in injecting a new relevance into NAM.
DAP calls for a high-level NAM Ministerial Anti-Corruption Conference in Malaysia later this year to mark the climax of the three-year Malaysian Chair of NAM before passing the baton to Cuba in 2006.
As Chair of NAM, Malaysia must play a seminal role to dispel the perception that NAM is nothing more than a talk-shop, or worse, a selective talk-shop where issues important to the people of the NAM countries but embarrassing to the rulers are avoided like the plague.
One such issue is
the grave problem of rampant corruption of NAM governments. The overwhelming
majority of the 25 most corrupt countries out of 145 nations in the 2004
Corruption Perception Index survey of Transparency International are members
of NAM - with Bangladesh leading the infamous pack, followed by Nigeria,
Myanmar, Chad, Turkmenistan, Indonesia, Cote d Ivoire, Congo Democratic
Republic, Angola, Pakistan, Kenya, Iraq, Cameroon, Sudan, Niger, Guatemala
* Lim Kit Siang,
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP
Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission
Lim Kit Siang, Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman