KUALA LUMPUR – February 23, 2018: Yesterday’s release of Transparency International’s global Corruption Perceptions Index has led to much skepticism locally, with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission disputing the lower ranking for Malaysia and of the view that the country should be better placed among the 180 countries surveyed.
In 2016 Malaysia was placed 55th of 2016 countries and last year’s ranking was its lowest since the index was started in 1995.
Not surprisingly MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad was shocked by the report.
“There has been enforcement action taken almost every week and high-profile arrests throughout last year. We have taken aggressive efforts to combat corruption but it (the report) did not reflect all of our work.”
Journalist blogger Datuk Ahirudin Attan aka Rocky Bru pointed out that the CPI deals with perception and not the reality of anti graft efforts in a country.
“This is just how it perceives corruption in a country, the reality is the MACC has been increasing the number of anti-graft enforcement actions,” Ahirudin said.
Anonymous blogger Another Brick in The Wall questions the objectivity of the report.
“By mentioning NFC in which Rafizi Ramli’s recent appeal for prison sentencing was rejected, it proves that TI’s perception is seriously faulty.
“The message seems that when MACC uncovers and investigates cases, the perception is worse” he wrote.
Political activist Huan Cheng Guan, better known as Mejar Huan, blames the negative CPI report on the alleged corrupt practices of states ruled by the opposition and not issues like 1MDB or the Felda case.
“I want to remind (TI-Malaysia president) Datuk Akhbar Satar that the CPI for this country fell to its lowest position not because of issues like 1MBD, Felda or the recent appeal by Rafizi.
“The reason why it dropped is the abuse of power and corruption in states administered by Pakatan Harapan, in Selangor and Penang,” wrote Huan at Facebook,
The DAP’s Lim Kit Siang had this to say: “I am shocked that Dzulkifli is shocked by the TI CPI 2017.”
Writing at his blog, Lim contended that the string of high-profile arrests over the past year was likely the cause for Malaysia’s drop in the rankings.
The CPI is based on surveys of business people, including risk analysts and the general public, in the countries evaluated.