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Malaysia: Anti-graft Fight Going Well
Source: thestar.com.my
Source Date: Friday, October 29, 2010
Focus: Citizen Engagement, Institution and HR Management
Country: Malaysia
Created: Nov 01, 2010

The various steps taken to fight corruption have seen progress although the effort is not significantly reflected in the Transparency International (TI) ranking, said a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.

TI’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) had reported that Malaysia ranked 56th out of 178 countries, the same as it did in 2009.

Senator Datuk Seri Idris Jala acknowledged that the score “is not quite the case for celebration,” and that “it need not be seen as a negative development”.

Although the score experienced a dip of 0.1 point difference from last year’s 4.5, Jala said this was owing to the nature of the CPI rather than a lack of progress in the Government Transformation Programme (GTP)’s National Key Result Area (NKRA) of fighting corruption.

He said that since key developments through the NKRA had yet to be fully felt on the ground because they only took place this year, the perception registered might be skewed.

Despite the slight dip, Idris said the score for this year’s CPI had shown an improvement in the perception of respondents under some of the constituent surveys – such as IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook; the Political & Economic Risk Consultancy’s Asian Intelligence Newsletter; and the World’s Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report.

“This bodes well for the future, as we can infer that we are on the right track with the initiatives and efforts under the NKRA so far,” said Idris, who is also the CEO of the Performance Management and Delivery Unit.

Among some of the more successful steps in the fight against corruption were the setting up of 18 special corruption courts, making amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code to ensure trials were completed fast, and the “naming and shaming” of offenders in the Convicted Corruption Offenders Database on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission website.

To date, 223 offenders had been listed in the database at http://www.sprm.gov.my/ since it was created in February.
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