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Malaysia slides in global corruption perception index, Reforms will take time

Reforms will take time, says govt over latest corruption index rankings

KUALA LUMPUR: Efforts to improve governance through structural changes and process reforms are ongoing, although it may not be immediately visible to the public.

Following Malaysia’s two-point drop in the latest Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Paul Low said the government views the decline seriously.

“The government wishes to assure the public that progressive transformation to improve governance through structural changes and process reforms are ongoing, although many of these measures will only become increasingly visible to the public in the near future as their implementation progresses and is more embedded into the delivery system.

“We recognise that there is also a pressing need to regulate political funding within the country, for which the National Consultative Committee on Political Financing was specifically formed last year and is now undertaking a comprehensive view,” he said in a statement today.

(File pix) Transparency International-Malaysia (TI-M) released its latest CPI rankings, which placed Malaysia 54th out of 168 countries this year compared to 50th out of 175 countries last year.
Pix by Yazit Razali


Low said steps were also being taken to address the importance of strengthening the enforcement institution in terms of capacity, powers and independence.

Earlier, Transparency International-Malaysia (TI-M) released its latest CPI rankings, which placed Malaysia 54th out of 168 countries this year compared to 50th out of 175 countries last year. The country was placed 52 the previous year.

The CPI scores and ranks are determined by the perceived level of corruption in the country's public sector.


Malaysia slides in global corruption perception index

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's ranking dropped four places in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) last year. The index, released by Transparency International, showed that Malaysia was ranked 54th out of 168 countries this year compared to 50th out of 175 countries last year.

Malaysia ranked 52 the previous year. The CPI scores and ranks are determined by the perceived level of corruption in the country's public sector.

Transparency International-Malaysia president Datuk Akhbar Satar said Malaysia's position would be even worse if seven other countries were included in last year's evaluation as their scores were above Malaysia in 2014.

"Despite many steps implemented, the level of corruption experienced in Malaysia does not seem to be decreasing," he said. Globally, Denmark received the highest rank with a score of 91 followed by Finland (90) and Sweden (89).



Malaysia was ranked 54th out of 168 counrties in the Corruption Perceptions Index report.
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