Uganda seeks Malaysia’s help to fight corruption


(Bernama) — Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has sought Malaysia's assistance in tackling the problem of corruption besetting the east African country.

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the president expressed his concern over the problem, which affected not only Uganda but also its neigbours in Africa, during discussions at the ongoing Global Smart Partnership Dialogue, here.

"In our session with heads of government earlier, I had the chance to discuss with them what has been done in Uganda and the president's vision is to find a way to overcome the corruption problem.

"In fact, the president wanted our views on how to get rid of corruption. Many heads of government gave similiar views because corruption is a universal problem," he told Malaysian journalists covering the dialogue here Monday.

Muhyiddin was among the heads of government attending the three-day dialogue, themed "Towards a Smarter Globe: The Smart Partnership Way For Realising Socio-economic Transformation Through Regional Integration."

The dialogue is organised by the Commonwealth Partnership for Technology Management (CPTM) together with the host government. Previous dialogues had been held in Malaysia, Eastern Africa (Uganda), Southern Africa (Bostwana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho and Zambia, and the Caribbean (Barbados).

Muhyiddin said that almost all the participating nations gave backgrounds of information on corruption.

"We, together with (former prime minister) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and other leaders discussed how to address the problem. We shared our experiences on how to do it the Malaysian way.

"What is important is for the people to realise the danger of corruption so that it will be seen as a disgusting practice," he said.

Sharing the success stories of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Muhyiddin said Malaysia was trying its best to put a stop to the problem.

"We just shared knowledge, they don't have to follow us," he added.