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Malaysia: Positive Turnaround in Fight Against Corruption
Source: thestar.com.my
Source Date: Friday, December 10, 2010
Country: Malaysia
Created: Dec 13, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: The Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) 2010, a worldwide public opinion survey on corruption, has indicated a positive turnaround for the government's fight against corruption, with an almost two-fold jump this year.

Malaysian Society for Transparency and Integrity president Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan said that this year, 48 percent of respondents believed in the effectiveness of the government's fight against corruption, as compared to 28 percent last year.

The survey involved 1,000 people in urban and rural areas nationwide from June 28 to July 26, this year.

"This is a drastic turnaround from the previous year where 67 percent thought the government's actions were ineffective while this year, only 20 thought the government action was ineffective," said Low.

He said this when disclosing the Transparency International's 2010 Global Corruption Barometer Results here Friday.

He said 32 percent of respondents this year were neutral as compared to last year's six percent.

"This positive perception could be due to the government's initiatives to address corruption through integrity as a National Key Results Area (NKRA), with improvement of the Corruption Perception Index score from 4.5 last year to 4.9, as a KPI," he said.

Low attributed the formation of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission with more powers and autonomy and review by independent panels as a reason for the achievement.

He said the other reason could be the Whistleblower Protection Act that came into force on Dec 15, to expose corruption by protecting whistleblowers.

Under the NKRA launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in August last year, the government has set an agenda to fight corruption as the main thrust.
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