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Malaysia: Corruption NKRA on Track
Source: thestar.com.my
Source Date: Thursday, November 11, 2010
Country: Malaysia
Created: Nov 15, 2010

Transparency International's corruption perception index on MalayÂsia may have shown a slight reduction from 4.5 in 2009 to 4.4 this year but some of the component surveys of the CPI have been indicating improvements in 2010.

The IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook showed an improvement in index from 5.2 in 2009 to 6.3.

In the case of the Political & Economic Risk Consultancy' s (PERC) Asian Intelligence Newsletter, reported an improvement in Index from 3.6 in 2009 to 4.6.

The World Economic Forum's (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report revealed an improvement in Index from 4.5 in 2009 to 4.6.

Pemandu's Director of CommuÂnications for the Government TransÂforÂmation Programme (GTP), Alex Iskandar Liew said, Malaysia's position based on these three surveys showed improvements.

"It is in the context of the above that we in Pemandu are saying that the NKRA's efforts in addressing corruption are on the right track," he added.

While Pemandu acknowledges that if one were to look only at Transparency International's CorrupÂtion Perception Index, there is a slight reduction, it means that "a lot more work has to be done".

"However, if one were to look at the outcome of the three component surveys on corruption, which has comparative data of 2009 and 2010 in Malaysia by reputable organisations, then the score clearly shows that there are improvements," he said.

Furthermore, Alex Iskandar said it should be clarified that Transparency International CPI for 2010 takes into account nine surveys which were conducted between January to December 2009 and January to September 2010.

"Our NKRA work on corruption only began in January 2010 after the GTP Roadmap launch on 28 January 2010 and therefore, the CPI surveys conducted in 2009 do not reflect the NKRA work which only began this year," he said.

He said Pemandu sees that the current initiatives in themselves are "not sufficient" to achieve the full extent of the desired results and targets outlined by the Corruption NKRA.

"Clearly, more serious and effective actions would have to be taken in 2011, with greater intensity and focus on driving out corrupt practices. But the fact remains we are on the right track as indicated by the increase in score from IMD, WEF and PERC surveys," he said.
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