KUALA LUMPUR: The war against corruption via the National Integrity Plan (NIP) has shown positive results, with the corruption perception index (CPI) amongst Malaysians improving.
“A random survey carried out on 60,000 respondents showed that public perception on corruption had improved, with the CPI scoring 6.9 out of 10 for 2013.
“If we compare studies carried out by Transparency International (TI), the results of our survey are a better reflection of the CPI as it represents the view of Malaysians in general,” said the Malaysian Institute of Integrity’s (MII) president Datuk Dr Mohd Tap Salleh.
The survey, he said, was conducted by the Statistics Department, where 70% out of the 60,000 surveyed were ordinary Malaysians, with the remaining respondents coming from the civil and corporate sectors.
Although not disputing TI’s survey, he said the methodology used by the Berlin-based organisation was more broad-based, representing the views of institutions and not those of the common man in the street.
“Even TI’s survey revealed slight improvements.
“It scored 5.1 on their CPI last year compared to 4.9 in 2011 and 5.0 in 2012,” he added.
Dr Mohd Tap said talks with representatives from the local TI chapter were currently underway to see if MII’s survey could be incorporated into TI’s annual CPI report for the country.
“They suggested that we collaborate with TI’s chapters in Asean countries in order to allow for a comparison study before MII’s survey can form part of their CPI for Malaysia,” he said.
Dr Mohd Tap added that a second round of talks would be held in two months’ time.
Since the launch of the second phase of the integrity plan between 2008 and 2013, the MII’s CPI has shown gradual improvement, scoring 6.3 in 2008, 6.5 in 2009 and 2010, 6.7 in 2011, 6.8 in 2012 and last year’s 6.9.