KUALA LUMPUR — Feb. 22, 2018: Malaysia was ranked 62nd among 180 countries in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) for last year, compared to 55th of 176 countries the year before.
The country scored 47 points from 100 in the survey. The CPI scores and ranks are determined by the perceived level of corruption in a country’s public sector.
In Asean, Malaysia was behind Singapore and Brunei but well ahead of Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. The Philippines was 111, Myanmar 130, Laos 135 and Cambodia 161.
New Zealand was in first spot, followed by Denmark and Finland, Norway and Switzerland on equal third. The ones at the bottom were Yemen, Sudan, Afghanistan, Syria, South Sudan and Somalia.
Bernama quoted Transparency International-Malaysia president Datuk Akhbar Satar as saying that the organisation wants the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate corruption cases as soon as possible.
MACC said today it plans to create a more effective special corruption index. Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad also questioned the rankings in view of the enforcement and prevention actions taken.