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  • May
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Malaysia’s Monitor Queen


via Journal Gazette:

PITTSBURGH – In her native Malaysia, Mary Tiong developed a reputation for selling leftover computer monitors for a large manufacturer behind the industry’s best-known brands. She earned a nickname: The Monitor Queen.

From her new base in Pittsburgh, Tiong continues to move large quantities of monitors. But now, she ships thousands of discarded models with computers back to Malaysia, where they are rebuilt and sold in poor countries, mostly in Southeast Asia.

Tiong, 41, says her company, Second Life Computer Remanufacturing, has environmental and philanthropic goals: It helps stem a rising tide of electronic waste in the United States and fulfills a need for basic computer equipment in the developing world. But she hopes to expand her operations by establishing a training program to teach local students how to rebuild aging computers, which often can be used for office work, Web surfing and e-mail – and saved from the scrap heap.


  • 07
  • Dec
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Malaysia 35th on Gallup Corruption Index


via Politics 101 Malaysia:

PRINCETON, NJ — Endemic corruption is one of the greatest impediments to stability and growth for many poor countries that might otherwise be looking to current international trends — the spread of information technology, debt forgiveness for developing nations, economic globalization — with great hope. The uncertainty posed by institutional corruption makes tapping into those trends difficult, curtailing much-needed foreign investment and aid opportunities.

But far more costly is the effect corruption has on the residents in these countries: It diminishes their faith in the country’s leadership. It reduces their incentive to work hard, making entrepreneurial efforts and civic engagement less likely. Perhaps most fundamentally, it robs them of the sense that they can control their own destinies.

The 2006 Gallup Corruption Index is calculated from the responses in 101 countries to two simple questions:

  • Is corruption widespread throughout the government in your country?
  • Is corruption widespread within businesses located in your country?

Country: Singapore
Index Score: 22 (the lower the less corrupt)
Ranking: 4

Country: Malaysia
Index Score: 70
Ranking: 35

Country: Thailand
Index Score: 91
Ranking: 98

With countries like Germany ranked at #48, is there a cause for concern? Well, I think that it’s almost impossible to be rid of corruption but to be perceived as not corrupt is definitely possible…


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