More Malaysians Expect Lesser Corruption Next Year


Encouraging results by Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) 2010 show that the public appreciates the anti-graft measures taken by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to stem corruption. Out of the 1,008 Malaysians who took part in anti-graft watchdog Transparency International (TI) survey, 35 percent believe that bribery will decrease next year while 27 percent think that it will increase.

48 percent of the respondent opined that government efforts to reduce corruption are effective in combating the criminal act and this is a vast improvement as compared to last year’s score of 28 percent (see table). Evidently, members of the public are now more aware and appreciative of the hard work that the government and anti-corruption institutions have put in to ensure that the country is free from all forms of corruption.

Issue

Respondents’ Response

2009 (%)

2010 (%)

Perception towards government’s actions in fighting corruption.

Effective

28

48

Neutral

6

32

Ineffective

66

20

Total

100

100

In addition, due to a slew of government initiatives to address corruption, people are having more faith in the government delivery system. Some of the measures adopted by the government include:

  • Integrity as a National Key Result Area (NKRA), with a Key Productivity Index (KPI) suggesting the improvement of the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) score from 4.5 to 4.9. This is a daring move on the government’s part to set higher goals for its progress.
  • Formation of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) with more powers and autonomy and review by independent panels – Anti-Corruption Advisory Board, Special Committee on Corruption, Complaints Committee, Operation Review Panel and Corruption Consultation and Prevention Panel.
  • The Whistleblower Protection Act which will come into force on 15 December 2010, to protect whistleblowers
  • Integrity Pacts (IP) being implemented in government procurement (Treasury directive dated 1 April 2010)
  • Government guidelines on “Support Letters” (8 March 2010): verbal and written support letters must be filed and reported, support letters cannot be a factor in decision making, and reports are to be made to the department or relevant agencies eg MACC
  • MyProcurement website (1 April 2010) – list of awarded tenders
  • Formation of 18 special corruption courts and amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code to expedite corruption trials currently in progress
  • “Name and Shame” in the Convicted Corruption Offenders Database on MACC’s website, with convicted offenders’ details, charge and sentence imposed and photographs
  • Establishment of Compliance Units in key enforcement agencies – Royal Malaysian Police, Road Transport Department, Royal Malaysian Customs Department, Immigration Department of Malaysia

Recently, MACC spearheaded the initiative to engage the business sector in fighting corruption where the various Chambers of Commerce as well as the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers signed a pledge to fight corruption.

It is hoped that the private sector will effectively implement anti-corruption policies to enhance transparency in all areas of the business sector to gain public confidence as well as investors’ trust.

MACC’s war against bribe-givers is clearly bearing fruits as only 9 percent of the overall GCB respondents paid bribes in the last 12 months. However, neighbouring country Singapore also recorded a total of 9 percent respondents admitting to paying bribes even though they are supposedly a “strictly clean country” while Hong Kong chalk up 5 percent even though they are among the top on the Corruption Perception Index.

The latest GCB results clearly show that effective and vigorous enforcement of existing laws and policies, apart from education and prevention campaign by MACC and NKRA, has resulted in the improvement of perception among the people. For the survey, the interview was done face-to-face since July, 2010.

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  1. #1 by noname on December 15, 2010 - 7:34 pm

    Not to be too complesant with it. Lot of things need to be done? long journey to go.

  2. #2 by Stephanie on August 23, 2011 - 9:58 am

    If only our American leaders would try to be less corrupt…

  3. #3 by chicken coops for sale on September 6, 2011 - 7:25 pm

    The anti corruption movement is picking up currency all over the globe and it’s very good for the people in whole.

    However, it’s even more to the future generations as they will inherit a better earth than what we have right now.

    India has Anna Hazare and hopefully someone in Malaysia will don his cap here.

  4. #4 by reigna on September 23, 2011 - 3:25 pm

    Don’t be too confident. You never know what will happen.

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