Partyforumseasia: There are probably few lawmakers world-wide who live on their official income alone and certainly even fewer who seriously bare their financial situation to the voters. The common tricks are sufficiently known. If you have to declare the financial status of spouse and children as well, proxies are easily found.
As laudable as the newest move towards transparent pockets by 30 Penang state assemblymen may be, doubts are allowed that this move can really put pressure on the financial networks of the Barisan Nasional elite. Though a lot of evidence of corrupt practices has been published so far and the image is sufficiently tarnished, full transparency will be too nice to be true.
Source: Straits Times, Singapore, August 13, 2013