Minister sets sights on better anti-corruption ranking for Malaysia in 2016.
PETALING JAYA: Calling 2015 “an awful year” for Malaysia, cabinet minister Paul Low has set his sights on improving the country’s rankings in a world corruption index.
Malaysia dropped four places on the Corruption Perception Index ranking from 50th in 2014 to 54th in 2015. The rankings are produced by the Transparency International anti-corruption group.
“Too many things happened and this affected the perception index. You should know what these issues are,” said Low, a former president of TI’s Malaysian chapter, speaking to FMT.
Malaysia made international headlines last year with a stream of news reports about allegations of mismanagement and dubious investments by the state investment arm, 1Malaysia Development Bhd, and donations totaling over RM2.6 billion banked into Prime Minister Najib Razak’s personal bank accounts. Najib is also the chairman of 1MDB’s advisory board.
The allegations left a negative impression on the business community, said Low, who is in charge of integrity affairs as minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.
The government would implement various initiatives to improve its ranking in 2016. “A lot of restructuring is needed in the government. I am working hard on several core issues.”
This included increasing the independence of internal auditors and placing integrity officers in all ministries as well as reducing problematic projects.
Low added that the initiatives were for the long run. “We will be able to improve our CPI ranking , granted there are no serious issues,” he said.
-Free Malaysian Today-