Act on slip in graft rating, PM urged

  • Nation
  • Friday, 22 Oct 2004

PETALING JAYA: The Prime Minister should take seriously the country’s slip in the recent Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) rated by Transparency International, said Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang.  

He said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi should initiate a wide-ranging national debate involving the Cabinet, Parliament, civil society and mass media on why Malaysia failed to improve after a year of commitment under his new premiership to declare an all-out war against graft. 

The result, which saw Malaysia’s CPI drop by 0.2 points from last year, was an indication that recent moves, such as the launch of the National Integrity Plan, did not guarantee success in the fight against corruption, Lim said in a statement yesterday. 

In the CPI rankings released on Wednesday, Malaysia ranked 39th among 146 countries, compared with last year’s ranking of 37th among 133 countries.  

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