KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s improved ranking in Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2019 is good but all stakeholders must continue to eradicate corruption, says the Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption Centre (GIACC).
Its director-general Datuk Dr Anis Yusal Yusoff said the country should improve further.
“I believe that we (Malaysia) can do better, so it is important for us to understand how TI calculates the score and how the government can achieve a high score.
“In order to rise further (in the index), every other aspect or factor also needs to improve; (for example) we need to be a country where investors feel comfortable to do business in, and (be) a more democratic country, ” he said here last Friday.
Malaysia went up 10 spots to number 51 out of 180 countries in TI’s CPI for 2019, showing improvements in tackling corruption.
Malaysia’s score also rose to 53 out of 100 points in the CPI survey, a six-point increase from last year.
The CPI scores and ratings are based on 13 observations and evaluation by experts that measure the level of graft perceptions in the public sector, on a scale from zero (most corrupt) to 100 (most clean).
Meanwhile, Anis Yusal said Malaysia’s success in improving its rank in 2019 was due to changes in the government sector, and the new government’s commitment to fighting corruption.
But he said the effort should not only be led by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) but also together with other government agencies. — Bernama