Selangor Journal

‘Sleeping’ ministers cause country’s CPI decline

SHAH ALAM, JAN 26: “Weaknesses in the country’s administration is driving the decline in our 2016 Corruption Perception Index (CPI),” said Bukit Katil Member of Parliament, Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin.
He said Parliament has also failed to closely monitor the Barisan Nasional Umno Government’s lack of transparency.
“What’s more shocking is that the index indicates that the most corrupt activities involve the national defence sector.
“It is believed that this happened due to lack of monitoring by the Parliament, the national budget, the defence sector not being transparent and weak anti-corruption enforcement in carrying-out operations,” he said.
He said that when commenting on the public statement regarding concerns on the Federal Government’s lack of desire to consistently tackle corruption.
Malaysia was ranked 5th compared to the previous year, and 54 out of 176 countries on the CPI index.
Based on the index produced by Transparency International (TI) Malaysia, Malaysia’s score also declined to 49 from 50 last year.
At ASEAN level, Malaysia is far behind compared to Singapore who is ranked at number 7 and also Brunei.
Meanwhile, TI-Malaysia President Datuk Akhbar Satar urges politicians to practice clean and transparent leadership.
“We see a lot is being said to tackle corruption but those are only promises. Unfortunately, we have yet to see any concrete action.
“Besides, not only do politicians need to be free from corruption, they also need to appear ‘clean’,” he said.

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