Paul Low’s effort to damage control and “window dress” could not hide the fact that a staggering amount was lost through underground criminal activities and corruption

Minister in the Prime Minister Department, Paul Low tried to do some damage control and “window dressing” on the latest annual report published by Global Financial Integrity(GFI) that estimated an outflow of RM173.84 billion of illicit capital from Malaysia.

Paul Low had said the following, “It is not that I am in denial. GFI itself in its report said that trade misinvoicing make up about 80 percent of illicit outflow on average, while the remainder 20 percent is hot money.

“My rough estimate is that corruption makes up about 3 percent of that hot money (20 percent of RM173.84 billion), which includes underground criminal activities like drug smuggling and trafficking,” he said.
I have rebutted Paul Low argument in a statement yesterday, that trade misinvoicing could not have made up 80 percent of illicit outflow since countries that have higher trade export like United States, Germany, Japan, France, South Korea and Netherlands had a smaller net error and omissions (NEOs) than Malaysia.

However, let us give Paul Low the benefit of doubt and take his estimation at face value. Based on his estimation, Malaysia has lost RM33.72 billion to underground criminal activities and RM1.04 billion to corruption. Continue reading “Paul Low’s effort to damage control and “window dress” could not hide the fact that a staggering amount was lost through underground criminal activities and corruption”

Paul Low attempt to blame trade-mispricing for the estimated RM174 billion siphoned out illegally in 2011, is not only untruthful but a desperate attempt to cover up the rampant corruption under Barisan Nasional rule

Minister in the Prime Minister Department, Paul Low blames trade mispricing for the RM174 billion siphoned out illegally in 2011. This is not only an untruthful attempt to twist the facts but also a desperate attempt cover up the rampant corruption under Barisan Nasional rule.
Global Financial Integrity (GFI) has stated clearly in their annual report this year that they have adjusted for the ‘Hong Kong effect’ in estimating trade-mispricing by Malaysian Traders.

GFI has used the exports data published by the Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department that breaks down re-exports to and from Hong Kong and Malaysia to address the re-exporting issue, making this the most reliable and accurate report from GFI to date. When Malaysia net error and omissions (NEOs) are persistently negative at an astronomical amount, it is absurd for Paul low to attribute this astronomical amount to trade mis-pricing and illegal money transfers by foreign workers. Continue reading “Paul Low attempt to blame trade-mispricing for the estimated RM174 billion siphoned out illegally in 2011, is not only untruthful but a desperate attempt to cover up the rampant corruption under Barisan Nasional rule”

Malaysia Tops illegal capital outflow per capita – the bleed must stop

Washington-based financial watchdog Global Financial Integrity (GFI) in its latest annual report ranks Malaysia as world number four in the world’s top 10 countries of illicit capital outflow coming behind Russia, China and India. USD 54.18 Billion was siphoned out of Malaysia in 2011. This astronomical amount is alarming but does not come as a surprise since Malaysia was ranked number 2 in the 2010 ranking with USD 64.38 Billion of Illicit capital outflow.

If calculated on a per capita basis, Malaysia illicit capital outflow is still world number one in 2011 at USD1,852.94 per capita, ahead of Russia USD 1,331.99 per capita, China USD 112.03 per capita and India USD 68.66 per capita.

In fact, in this year annual report GFI has addressed the re-exports from Hong Kong in estimating trade misinvoicing by Malaysian Traders making this year report more accurate and reliable. This would mean that Malaysia illicit capital outflow in 2011 could potentially be a larger sum than in 2010. Continue reading “Malaysia Tops illegal capital outflow per capita – the bleed must stop”