What will it take to end MACC’s endless woes?

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On July 27, 2015, representatives from civil society groups gathered in Putrajaya to deliver a memorandum outlining proposals to strengthen the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act.

That 21-page document was prepared by the Malaysian Bar, in collaboration with the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas), the Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4), Citizens’ Network for a Better Malaysia (CNBM), and Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M).

But it was an exercise in futility. In the morning, Bernama issued a statement quoting the then chief secretary to the government Ali Hamsa as saying that Abdul Gani Patail’s services as the attorney-general were terminated early due to the latter’s “health problems”.

Almost immediately, the three top guns in the MACC were replaced and it marked the week of the long knives – the darkest period in Malaysia’s fight against corruption. Any and every civil servant, especially enforcement officers who had knowledge about the wheeling and dealing in 1MDB and related agencies, were forced to clear their desks.

That document from the civil society was delivered but it suffered like other evidence – untouched and ignored.

While there were a series of exposés by the media – local and foreign – on what the government of the day under Abdul Najib Razak was covering up, it was not until the court cases began in 2019 that Malaysians understood the reasons behind the black operation to get rid of top graft busters.

The change of government in May 2018 saw the return of former MACC deputy chief Mohamad Shukri Abdull to helm the commission and after him, lawyer Latheefa Koya for a short spell.

But following another change of government in 2020, a raft of criminal charges was withdrawn and as expected, many read into these actions and the MACC, being the investigating body, bore the blame. When civil servants escaped with fines, MACC was seen to be influenced by the social status and political hierarchy of the perpetrators.

Hence, it was the assumption that the prosecution did not push for custodial sentences.

Other ominous signs began to appear. It is difficult to fathom how low a once acclaimed and highly-respected institution has dropped.

The MACC has transcended into an organisation which is now making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Its series of howlers has now become the perfect example to illustrate the idiom “it never rains but it pours.”

This month, it has been besieged with issues starting with the withdrawal of 27 charges against Felda director Noor Ehsanuddin Mohd Harun Narrashid. When confronted for an explanation, MACC said that the “bribe had been returned before investigations started”.

Then came the muddle which did more damage – the MACC advisors claiming that investigations were “unprofessionally conducted and were influenced by political considerations.”

But the key question remained unanswered: Is it legal and acceptable for any person to accept gratification and later repay the money and call it “advances” to escape prosecution?

Yesterday’s announcement by the MACC chief Azam Baki that three of its officers had been remanded was stale news.

The remand took place one week ago – last Tuesday, Sept 14, to be exact, and the matter was hushed up until the news appeared in a blog, Edisi Siasat, on Saturday.

Within these events lies the only certainty in this desperate affair – an apparent attempt at covering up the case of the missing money; a lot of money, at least RM6 million.

The money was from the case of former Malaysia External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO) chief Hasanah Abdul Hamid who stood trial for criminal breach of trust involving a sum of RM50.4 million belonging to the government. In April, she was given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal during her trial.

Already, there are accusations of cloak and dagger operations to protect the guilty.

Among others, the blog claimed that one of the alleged perpetrators is a close aide of Azam and hence it became an internal investigation.

Indeed, a riveting story is to be told when and if it goes to court, and the MACC’s tattered image is likely to turn the worst way imaginable.

In Parliament yesterday, Puchong MP Gobind Singh rightly raised two pointed questions: Theft falls under the jurisdiction of the police and not the MACC. So why is MACC the one making the arrest and detention? This involves MACC officers. Is the MACC going to investigate itself?

Newspaper publisher, former MACC advisory panel member and head of Rasuah Busters, an anti-corruption platform, Hussamuddin Yaacub called on Azam to accept responsibility for the debacle and resign and allow a special police team to investigate the alleged theft.

As Malaysians begin to digest the course of events, shenanigans and goings-on in the MACC, it will be a good time to have a re-look at the civil society proposals which must be gathering dust in either the AG’s Chambers or the MACC headquarters.

With MPs now in the mood to propose private member’s bills, will some caring lawmaker take up the cause for a better Malaysia? We need a MACC that is helmed by people of integrity, and one which is totally independent and apolitical.

R NADESWARAN is a veteran journalist who has written extensively on governance issues including corruption.

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越野跑鞋之神 – Wayne Edy 定位决定地位!



Wayne Edy 定位决定地位

企业界有句劝谏说“Don’t fall in love with your business”(千万别爱上你的生意),但身为创办人,到底是否该爱上你的企业?

本期“企动人心”的主人公Wayne Edy,一手创办全球知名轻量化越野跑鞋品牌inov-8,但却因为公司亟需资金而引进投资者,眼看自己的股权与话语权日渐式微后,又以巨款全额回购股份。











2003年,已经40岁的Wayne决定创立一个攀山运动鞋(mountain athletic)品牌,因为在越野跑鞋这个细分市场上,未有知名品牌称霸,属于蓝海市场。



在Wayne这位鞋匠的巧手下,inov-8成为英国轻量化越野跑鞋品牌,主打产品the MUDROC 290,依据运动生物力学而设计,极具轻量化和透气度高,且备有防滑橡皮鞋底(rubber-cleat sole)。

inov-8越野跑鞋外型上的设计看起来有点奇特,算不上好看但却依人体足部设计,穿上the MUDROC 290去登山,会让登山者觉得是自己的脚在控制鞋子,而不是让鞋子控制主人;登山者在随着地势跑动时更顺势。。


inov-8越野跑鞋the MUDROC 290获得最早的印证,就是纽西兰运动员Melissa Moon穿着这对跑鞋,在阿拉斯加参加2003年全球越野女子赛中赢得殊荣。原本是Adidas品牌代言人的Melissa,发现原有的鞋子无法应付因下雪导致泥泞的山路赛地,所以临时借了一对inov-8越野跑鞋。




成功在欧盟市场的越野圈子建立名气后,开始有人慕名而来主动找上Wayne。美国一位超级级马拉松选手Thomas Michaelson主动联系上Wayne表示想购买inov-8鞋子。

Wayne寄出鞋子供试穿后,Thomas与妻子Lisa Michaelson不但被牵粉,还成为了Wayne在美国的生意伙伴。


风暴来袭 退居二线


在苦无对策时,Wayne唯有通过引进私募资金Living bridge,先化解公司资金的燃眉之急,并把自己的股权减持至42%。

Living bridge加入后,Wayne与Thomas夫妇的合作关系也在2010年结束。他也辞去CEO职位,退居第二线,并经常飞往美国及亚洲,拜访分销商及推广品牌。



退居第二线后, Wayne仍密切关注公司业务发展,尽管他可以出席董事局会议,但提出的意见却没有采用,而有些他不认同的决定,却还是会照执行。


再度易主 另起炉灶

到了2015年8月,Living bridge套现离场,把inov-8的80%股权再转售给日本运动服饰品牌Descente。










inov-8现今的总部坐落在被誉为“英国最后一片净土”奔宁山脉的北部—湖区(Lake District),山明水秀的湖区,是一个度假胜地,以湖泊与群山。




Wayne Edy教会我们的事:

  1. 差异化:要从红海中杀出重围,差异化是最强的必杀技。小众品牌如inov-8,根本无法通过在广告上与龙头大哥Nike较量,唯有通过开辟一个新市场,在细分的版块上做到No.1,才有机会在未来逐步做大。
  2. 做强做深:inov-8会成为精英运动员的首选品牌,以及冠军越野者的必备武器,这并不是一个偶然,而是有一个强大又专业的团队,不断钻研把产品做强做深,没有最好,只有更好!