Under Najib, Malaysia is not only more corrupt than under the two previous Prime Ministers but is heading towards the dubious honour of being the only Asian-Pacific country to slip in both TI CPI ranking and score since 1995


The CIMB Group chief, Datuk Seri Nazir Razak and younger brother to the Prime Minister hit the nail on the head when he told Financial Times that Malaysia must overcome corruption if it is to move up from being a middle-income economy.

In fact, Nazir could be faulted for erring on the side of caution and holding his punches for Malaysia, under Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s premiership for 39 months, is not only more corrupt than under the two previous Prime Ministers Tun Dr. Mahathir and Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, but is heading towards the dubious honour of being the only Asian-Pacific country to slip in both Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perception Index(CPI) ranking and score since the introduction of the annual assessment 17 years ago in 1995.

In the first TI CPI in 1995, Malaysia was ranked No. 23 out of 41 countries or the 6th highest-ranked nation in the Asia-Pacific after New Zealand -1, Singapore – 3, Australia – 7, Hong Kong – 17 and Japan – 20, with a CPI score of 5.28. (10 stands for “highly clean” and 0 for “highly corrupt”)

Seventeen years later, after numerous anti-corruption campaigns, two major anti-corruption legislation, the “elevation” of the former Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) into Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), the National Integrity Plan, the 1Malaysia Government Transformation Programme with massive infusion of public funds and increase of staffing, Malaysia has now fallen to the lowest TI CPI ranking in 17 years in 2011, viz: No. 60 with the lowest CPI score of 4.3.

Malaysia has also fallen to No. 11 for country placing in the Asia-Pacific. The top TI CPI 2011 Asia-Pacific ranking are:

1. New Zealand (1) 9.5
2. Singapore (5) 9.2
3. Australia (8) 8.8
4. Hong Kong (12) 8.4
5. Japan (14) 7.8
6. Taiwan (32) 6.1
7. Bhutan (38) 5.7
8. South Korea (42) 5.4
9. Brunei (44) 5.2
10. Macau (46) 5.1
11. Malaysia (60) 4.3

Even more serious, other countries which had been down on the list of the TI CPI ranking are fast catching up while Malaysia is fast falling down!
China, Thailand, India and Indonesia are such examples in Asia.

China was ranked No. 40 with a CPI score of 2.16 in 1995. In 2011, China is ranked No. 75 with a CPI score of 3.6.

At the annual average rate of China’s improvement and Malaysia’s regression of their CPI score in the last 17 years, China will not only catch up but will leave Malaysia behind in the TI CPI, both in ranking and in score in a matter of four years – come 2015!

Other Asian countries like Thailand, Indonesia and India are making major strides in the battle against corruption. Thailand, which was ranked No. 34 with CPI score of 2.79 in 1995 (out of 41 countries) is now ranked No. 80 (out of 183 countries) with an improved score of 3.4. India was ranked No. 35 with CPI score of 2.78 in 1995 is now ranked No. 95 with an improved score of 3.1.

Even Indonesia is making significant strides in the anti-corruption front. Ranked at the very bottom of No. 41 in 1995, with CPI score of 1.94, Indonesia is now ranked No. 100 with an improved CPI score of 3.0 in 2011.

Is there any other Asia-Pacific country to keep Malaysia company of being hit with a double whammy of a lower TI CPI ranking and score in the past 17 years?

Yes, there is another country – the Philippines whose TI CP ranking was No. 36 with a score of 2.77 in 1997 and both indices fell 17 years later in the 2011 TI CPI being ranked No. 129 with a score of 2.6.

But the Philippines is optimistically looking forward to great improvements in its CPI score if not CPI ranking next year with the catching of several “big fishes” in the anti-corruption campaign of President Aquino, most notably the sacking of Chief Justice Renato Corona by the Philippines Senate impeachment court and the indictment of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, former Transportation Secretary Leandro Mendoza, former Commission on Elections Chair Benjamin Abalos and Local Water Utilities Chair Prospero Pichay.

If Philippines join the queue of other Asian-Pacific countries with the political will to fight corruption, particularly “big fish” or “grand corruption” , with improvement in its TI CPI score, what is Najib doing to ensure that Malaysia is not stuck with the dubious honour of being the only Asia-Pacific country to slip both in TI CPI ranking and score since 1995?

Otherwise, Malaysia will literally be the “sick man” in Asia-Pacific in the war against corruption – with other countries making progress while Malaysia going backwards in the war against corruption.

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  1. #1 by frothquaffer on Monday, 2 July 2012 - 4:52 pm

    When will they get it? Meritocracy not kulitficasi is a big part of the answer to this problem.

  2. #2 by yhsiew on Monday, 2 July 2012 - 6:22 pm

    How can you ask a thief to guard other people’s money?

  3. #3 by dagen wanna "ABU" on Monday, 2 July 2012 - 6:38 pm

    Gimme your nambekai! Gimme. Yeah. Gimme gimme. Kasi gua u punya nambekai. Kasi. Yeah. Kasi. Kasi.

    Mali mali mali. Semua mali. Kasi gua u punya nambekai, gua kasi u tayar. Gua boleh kasi u wang. Manyak ada. Apa mau pun ada. Mali Mali.

    “Malaysia after regime change”.

    … the sudden emergence of a never seen before trade – sale of nambekai.

  4. #4 by Dap man on Monday, 2 July 2012 - 7:23 pm

    Do you think UMNO really cares about all these rankings and scores?
    All that matters to them is the millions and billions they have stacked away in foreign bank accounts.
    Even sons of Ministers are driving around in a million ringgit car with different women every night.
    The country can go to hell as long their interests have been taken care of for the next 100 years.
    They even robbed the poor settlers of Felda in brought daylight.

  5. #5 by Godfather on Monday, 2 July 2012 - 7:55 pm

    These guys know only ONE way of doing business, which is to pad up contracts and award them to the highest bidder. There is no chance of reform because the support base keeps asking “what about me?”.

  6. #6 by Bunch of Suckers on Monday, 2 July 2012 - 8:38 pm

    Never ever expect the leader of “You help me; I help you..” and bunch of suckers to lead the nation…

    Those suckers lead us to the middle of “NOWHERE”… Dreaming of bankruptcy nation before 2015, instead of “DEVELOPED NATION” by 2020

    Only way is to throw out those suckers from the government offices…

  7. #7 by sheriff singh on Monday, 2 July 2012 - 10:55 pm

    For Najib, ‘Up’ means ‘Down’.

    While others score high marks and get Distinctions and High Distinctions, Najib is content with a barely made it ‘Marginal Pass’.

    If our score slips down further, then we can call ourselves a ‘banana country’. Wouldn’t that be nice?

    We have had banana currency notes before. Maybe we would like to have them again, this time of our own choosing.

  8. #8 by sheriff singh on Monday, 2 July 2012 - 10:57 pm

    Moderated again for a ‘a.s’ word. Here’s the ‘clean’ version.

    For Najib, ‘Up’ means ‘Down’.

    While others score high marks and get Distinctions and High Distinctions, Najib is content with a barely made it ‘Marginal Pa.s’.

    If our score slips down further, then we can call ourselves a ‘banana country’. Wouldn’t that be nice?

    We have had banana currency notes before. Maybe we would like to have them again, this time of our own choosing.

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