Nurul Izzah's appointment will affect corruption perception index, says Transparency International

KUALA LUMPUR: The appointment of Nurul Izzah Anwar as economics and finance senior adviser to the Prime Minister will have a bearing on Malaysia's standing in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI), says Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M).

"Our view is that it gives the wrong signal and if not rectified, it will be a factor that will show up on the CPI," said TI-M president Dr Muhammad Mohan (pic) when announcing the CPI Report 2022 on Tuesday (Jan 31).

He said that the appointment is seen as a problem as it could give rise to issues of conflict of interest and nepotism.

He was asked to give his views on Nurul Izzah's recent appointment to the post on Jan 3.

On Sunday (Jan 29), Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said no salary or allowance was given to his daughter who took on the role as his adviser on economics and finance.

Muhammad noted that Anwar himself had previously spoken out against nepotism and the appointment of his daughter to the post would give rise the perception that nepotism has crept back into the country.

He said that he is not questioning Nurul Izzah's capabilities and suggested that the Prime Minister relook at his decision.

He suggested that Nurul Izzah could be appointed to other ministries such as the Economy Ministry which does not come directly under his purview.

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