MACC all geared up to fight graft after country's improvement in corruption index rankings

PETALING JAYA: With Malaysia moving up four ranks and scoring higher points in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2023, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said it is more resolute in fighting graft in the country.

Transparency International-Malaysia (TI-Malaysia) announced on Tuesday (Jan 30) that among the factors that contributed to Malaysia's improvement in the CPI was MACC's investigations and arrests made in high-profile cases over the past two years.

"As the sole authority entrusted to eradicate graft in the country, the MACC is committed and determined to continue its efforts of preventing corruption, power abuse and any form of fund misappropriation that comes under its powers," the MACC said in a statement on Tuesday (Jan 30).

The MACC also called for greater political will and better governance from all parties to improve graft prevention strategies in order to achieve the government's wish to see Malaysia attain the 25th position in the CPI in 2033.

TI-Malaysia revealed that out of 180 countries assessed, Malaysia moved up in rankings to 57 from 61 in the CPI 2023 with a higher score of 50 from 47 previously.

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