Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia’s position on the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) has seen an improvement in 2014 with a score of 52%, equalling its highest score achieved in 2003.
This score had Malaysia’s ranking rise to 50th in 2014 from 53rd in 2013 and is categorised in the above average range.
The CPI, administered by Transparency International is an index that reflects the perceived level of public sector corruption among 175 countries. Each country’s score is derived from a combination of twelve surveys and assessments of corruption, collected by a variety of reputable institutions. Transparency International is a globally recognised coalition with a steadfast purpose against all forms of corruption.
Malaysia ranked second, just after Singapore, amongst the ASEAN countries, performing better than Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia.
“When we began the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) in 2010, Malaysia was ranked 56th. The 2014 results is evidence that anti-corruption activities is a sum of building blocks, and clearly shows the efforts implemented in the course of the last five years are on the right path in creating a free and fair environment in both the private and public sector.
“This ranking also corresponds with other international indicators such as World Bank Doing Business survey which saw Malaysia progress from 23rd place in 2010 to 6th in 2014. This means the National Transformation Program is on the right track. Nonetheless, more work needs to be done and the dedication towards eliminating corruption must continue,” says Senator Dato’ Seri Idris Jala, PEMANDU Chief Executive Officer.
“The rise in the CPI scores should be attributed to the collective efforts of various parties in enhancing anti-graft practices. The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and other enforcement agencies such as the Royal Malaysian Police have also been actively combating corruption. Everyone has a role to play in anti-corruption.
“This year’s formation of Jabatan Integriti dan Pengurusan Standard (JIPS) and the introduction of Integrity Testing for hiring and promotion of police officers is certainly a game-changer. We are beginning to make headway into systemic issues with the view of curbing corruption at its source,” says Ravindran Devagunam, PEMANDU Anti-Corruption NKRA Director.
“Moving forward, we will be working with more enforcement agencies to replicate the Integrity Testing initiative. We hope to see our front liners perform with the highest integrity,” he added.
According to Ravindran, the move to table the Auditor General Report at every Parliament session has also contributed to the perception that there is an increased transparency demonstrated by the government, coupled with a bold step taken by the Chief Secretary General to the Government and his Secretary Generals to engage the media on issues highlighted in Report.
The ripple effect of this is also prompt action taken to close the issues highlighted with the support of the Attorney General Chambers and relevant enforcement agencies.
“This is the best score we’ve achieved over the past ten years, however we will not rest on our laurels and moving forward, we need to make a step change in delivery to further improve our rankings.
This will require sustained commitment from all stakeholders until we achieve our target to have Malaysia occupy the top 30 ranking by the year 2020,” Ravindran added.