Poor CPI ranking a wake-up call, says TI-Malaysia

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TI-Malaysia president Akhbar Satar says latest CPI ranking puts Malaysia further away from its goal of achieving the 30th spot in the annual graft index.

KUALA LUMPUR: The local chapter of global anti-corruption body Transparency International (TI) says Malaysia’s score in its latest Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) should serve as a wake-up call to the government, and that recent developments have only helped push the country’s ranking among 180 others to an all-time low.

TI-Malaysia president Akhbar Satar said several high-profile cases, such as those involving 1MDB, the issues surrounding Felda as well as the Sabah Water scandal, contributed to Malaysia’s poor performance.

He said the latest ranking put Malaysia further from Putrajaya’s goal of achieving the 30th spot within the next two years.

“This should be our ‘wake-up call’ but is the government listening or will this deplorable ranking be explained just like so many other warning signs?” said Akhbar, commenting on the 2017 CPI released today.

The report put Malaysia seven spots lower than the previous year, at 62 among 180 countries, its worst performance in the last five years.

Malaysia also scored 47 out of 100. It placed third among 10 Asean countries, but was left far behind Singapore and Brunei in terms of score.

The CPI is based on surveys from business people, including risk analysts and the general public working in the countries evaluated. It is based on at least three independent surveys of the perceptions in each country. Malaysia used nine sources.

Akhbar said the recent conviction of PKR’s Rafizi Ramli over his role in exposing the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) scandal had also influenced businessmen and investors’ perception of Malaysia’s commitment against corruption, adding that they “are losing faith in our system”.

But he lauded the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), saying its aggressive efforts could have stopped Malaysia’s further fall in the annual global ranking.