NOW launches government wastage index to track corruption

rafiziKUALA LUMPUR: The National Oversight and Whistleblowers Centre (NOW) last night launched the NOW government wastage index (NGWI), an empirical formula for tracking government corruption and wastage.

Speaking at a forum in Sungei Besi, NOW founder Rafizi Ramli, said they will publish a full report on government leakages based on the NGWI every year, putting the government under greater public scrutiny.

“Before this, ministries and government departments could just ignore the Auditor-General’s (AG)’s report.

“When they (government) have an index to refer to, there will be public pressure for them to improve themselves,” said Rafizi who is also PKR vice-president.

The Pandan MP also hoped that ministries and government departments will be willing to approach NOW so that this methodology can be adopted by them.

“Even if they don’t want to call us to go through the NGWI, we will send the booklet to them. This is not politics, this is mathematics.”

In the booklet handed out to reporters last night, it was explained that the NGWI used a two-step procedure – compilation of sample data and the calculation of average percentage of government wastage via the Confidence Interval formula.

From analysing the 2014 AG’s report, it was concluded that the government had an accumulated average wastage of 15.50 per cent.

It noted that government wastage is much higher than the arrived figure, considering the “conservative” nature of the methodology used.

Rafizi said with NGWI, the authorities won’t be able to persecute him and his group for exposing corruption and wastages.

“Before this, people were afraid because if you say something, the authorities will charge you with criminal defamation which I’ve gone through many times.

“Now, the authorities cannot sue or arrest us for the AG’s findings.”

He said the NGWI will provide a macro analysis by compiling and contextualising data from the AG’s report which would be more impactful, as the AG’s report focuses on micro-analysis.

“So long as we use genuine and factual findings and provide the bigger picture, it will refocus the public’s attention on wastage and corruption at all levels of the government.”