MALAYSIA THIRD IN ASEAN IN GRAFT IN­DEX

Govt work­ing to boost CPI po­si­tion, says deputy min­is­ter

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MALAYSIA is in a good po­si­tion de­spite be­ing ranked 55th in the Cor­rup­tion Per­cep­tion In­dex (CPI) last year, the De­wan Rakyat heard yes­ter­day.

Deputy Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s De­part­ment Datuk Razali Ibrahim said de­spite the po­si­tion, Malaysia oc­cu­pied the up­per one-third of the 176 coun­tries in­volved in the study, with a score of 49.

“Malaysia is placed third out of 10 Asean coun­tries in­volved in the study.”

He said this in re­ply to a ques­tion from Lim Guan Eng (DAPBa­gan) about the mea­sures taken to raise the coun­try’s CPI po­si­tion to 30th by 2020.

Razali (BN-Muar) said the 2016 CPI was cal­cu­lated based on eight sur­veys car­ried out by in­ter­na­tional agen­cies on 176 coun­tries, com­pared with 168 coun­tries in 2015.

He said out of eight sur­veys, Malaysia achieved an ex­cel­lent score for the Global In­sight Coun­try Risk Rat­ing, with a 17-point in­crease from 42 in 2015 to 59 last year.

“This is due to an ef­fi­cient and com­pet­i­tive de­liv­ery sys­tem in the coun­try.”

He said the score had an im­pact on Malaysia’s po­si­tion in the Global Com­pet­i­tive­ness In­dex (GCI) by the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum.

He said the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment was work­ing to im­prove the ad­min­is­tra­tive struc­ture of the coun­try and its CPI po­si­tion.

How­ever, he said, these were long-term ef­forts and the re­sults could be seen only in the long run.

He said the set­ting up of In­tegrity Units in the pub­lic sec­tor, in­clud­ing gov­ern­ment-linked com­pa­nies (GLCs) and statu­tory bod­ies, showed that the gov­ern­ment was se­ri­ous in chang­ing prac­tices, up­hold­ing in­tegrity and good ad­min­is­tra­tion, as well as elim­i­nat­ing graft.

“These units are helmed by the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) for high-risk or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing GLCs.

“Medium- and lowrisk or­gan­i­sa­tions will be helmed by cer­ti­fied in­tegrity of­fi­cers, who have re­ceived train­ing from the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Academy.”

He said the unit’s role was to strengthen the in­ter­nal con­trol sys­tem, specif­i­cally in the han­dling of ad­min­is­tra­tive sys­tems and in­tegrity is­sues in or­gan­i­sa­tions, and tak­ing fol­low-up ac­tion and re­port­ing to MACC.

Datuk Razali Ibrahim

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