Friday, December 2, 2011
Malaysia took 60th spot in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) this year, 2011 a drop of four places from 2010.
Denmark, New Zealand, Singapore, Finland and Sweden are the 5 cleanest countries in terms of near zero corruptions.
Malaysia, scored 4.3 on the survey which gauges the perceived level of public sector corruption among 183 countries.
Malaysia is ranked third among Asean nations behind Singapore (9.3) and Brunei (6.3).
About two-thirds of the countries surveyed scored below five, Transparency International-Malaysia (TI-M) secretary-general Josie M. Fernandez said.
“Malaysia is among 60% of the countries surveyed who scored below five,” she said.
Fernandez said the TI-M Corruption Barometer (CB) revealed that close to half of the 1,000 respondents believed the Malaysian Government was effective in its efforts to combat corruption.
The enforcement of corruption has increased, Fernandez said.
TI-M has forwarded eight recommendations to the Government, including amending the Official Secrets Act and enhancing the independence of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
In an immediate response, the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) said it is pursuing issues related to corruption very seriously.
“This will include an entire transformation of the MACC,” Pemandu’s NKRA & NKEA director D. Ravindran said.
New Zealand took top spot in this year’s rankings with a score of 9.5, followed by Denmark and Finland (both at 9.4).
Countries with the highest perceived level of corruption are Somalia and North Korea (1.0) as well as Afghanistan and Myanmar (1.5).