KUALA LUMPUR: Initiatives taken by the Government to weed out corruption are showing positive and tangible results, besides being effective in winning over the hearts and minds of the people, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
He said a survey conducted by Transparency International last year, showed that 49 per cent of Malaysians felt that the government's efforts in fighting corruption were effective, compared to only 29 per cent in 2009.
"I'm certain that given time, Malaysia will be successful in its war on corruption, and further improve public perception towards the government's anti-corruption efforts," he said when closing the 6th International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA) Conference and General Meeting here.
Among the initiatives and reforms introduced by the government include the Whistle Blower Protection Act 2010, special corruption courts and the implementation of integrity pacts.
He said the Anti-Corruption Commission's (MACC) name and shame database are now being used by the US Embassy to ensure that corrupt individuals are not issued visas into the country.
Muhyiddin said "corruption is a global scourge that can damage rich and poor countries alike and can undermine Malaysia's commitment in sustaining economic prosperity and social well-being."
It is thus pertinent for governments of member states of the IAACA to continuously work together to facilitate greater capacity building and prepare the right enablers to fight corruption, he said.
At the end of the four-day conference held at the KL Convention Centre, the 1,000-odd delegates from more than 100 countries passed a 27-point declaration devoted to the technical assistance and information exchange as outlined under the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.
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