Pemandu blames new measurement method for poorer graft score

By Yow Hong Chieh
The Malaysian Insider
Dec 01, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 1 — Malaysia’s corruption score would have improved to 4.5 if Transparency International (TI) had not included a new measure which dragged down overall performance, the government’s efficiency unit said today.

“TI’s Bribe Payer Index (BPI) was conducted only in 28 countries. This is the 1st time this has been introduced into the CPI,” the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) said on its @gtp_roadmap Twitter account for its Government Transformation Programme (GTP) section that covers anti-graft programmes.

“BPI is a new survey conducted to measure the propensity of Msians paying bribe to parties outside of Msia. If BPI was not taken into account, Msia’s score would jump to 4.5 and the country ranking would remain at 56.”

Malaysia’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) score has worsened for the third consecutive year to 4.3 from 4.4 in 2010, according to a report released by TI’s Malaysian chapter today.

Malaysia’s country ranking also fell to 60 out of 183 countries — between Saudi Arabia and Cuba — from 56 out of 178 last year.

It remained the third-least corrupt nation in Asean after Singapore (9.2) and Brunei (5.2), with Thailand (3.4) and Indonesia (3.0) following in fourth and fifth places respectively.

Pemandu also said Malaysia had increased scores in key surveys like the PERC Asian Intelligence Survey, WEF Executive Opinion Survey and Bertelsmann Transformation Index, which are aggregated into the CPI score.

It promised Putrajaya would work harder to stamp out large-scale corruption after having achieved “encouraging” results in TI’s Corruption Barometer (CB), which measures public perception of graft.

“On a day to day basis, while people continue to deal w petty corruption, many of these issues are being tackled,” it quoted chief executive Datuk Seri Idris Jala as saying.

“Now, more than ever, the focus has to shift to dealing with grand corruption.”

According to the CB, 49 per cent of Malaysians thought the government’s efforts to fight corruption were effective or very effective, up a touch from 48 per cent last year.

However, the number of respondents who felt Putrajaya’s long-running battle against graft was ineffective or very ineffective rose five points to 25 per cent.

Members of the public saw the police and political parties as the most corrupt institutions, with the police named as the most likely recipient of bribes in the past 12 months.

TI’s CPI is an aggregate measure of the degree to which corruption is perceived to exist in the public sector which draws on 17 surveys and country assessments from 13 different independent institutions.

Two-thirds of the 183 countries surveyed this year achieved a score of less than 5.0.

New Zealand (9.5), Denmark (9.4), Finland (9.4), Sweden (9.3) and Singapore (9.2) were ranked the least corrupt nations in the world, while Somalia (1.0), North Korea (1.0), Myanmar (1.5) and Afghanistan (1.5) were the most corrupt.

  1. #1 by yhsiew on Thursday, 1 December 2011 - 6:31 pm

    ///Malaysia’s corruption score would have improved to 4.5 if Transparency International (TI) had not included a new measure which dragged down overall performance, the government’s efficiency unit said today.///

    The improvement would not have meant anything even if the new measure was excluded. This is because on one end you have little improvement by excluding the BPI but on the other end you have worsening domestic corruption such as the “cow condo” in which the police bluntly denied.

  2. #2 by monsterball on Thursday, 1 December 2011 - 8:34 pm

    Ranking days are over.
    It’s near voting time….and People Power in Malaysia will conduct their ranking with their votes.
    People Power may not be that well educated..but People Power have tasted all the bitter pills…including deaths for no reasons.
    They want CHANGE of Government.
    That’s it..the end of RAHMAN..end of UMNO rule.

  3. #3 by boh-liao on Friday, 2 December 2011 - 5:48 am

    UmnoB’s response: WE R NOT INTERESTED in this sort of ranking (all zionist’s evil plot)
    Just like all VCs of public uni here: WE R NOT INTERESTED/CONCERNED over d world uni rankings, all rubbish n zionist’s evil plot; our univ r oredi WORLD CLASS, QED

  4. #4 by wsleong2 on Friday, 2 December 2011 - 6:05 am

    Hello expert! Are you going to tell us your actual formula to calculate such as bribe equal to no bribe ? Corruption = less corruption ? Face the facts and reality, do not circumvent the issue inorder to please your immediate boss. Do not create a culture of “mother of all lies” please stop it!

  5. #5 by k1980 on Friday, 2 December 2011 - 7:41 am

    ///Malaysia’s corruption score would have improved to 4.5 if Transparency International (TI) had not included a new measure which dragged down overall performance, the government’s efficiency unit said today.///

    Malaysia would score 9.99 and be better than New Zealand in the corruption score if all the judges were to come from umno

  6. #6 by waterfrontcoolie on Friday, 2 December 2011 - 8:09 am

    Having seen more and more of the so-called super agency PEMANDU’s decisions, it si another agency created to push through vested interest agenda: just to hoodwink the public. All its decisions are based on agenda of those cronies who would milk the nation dry but supposedly discussed in depth! If PEMANDU has done its functions as claimed, why is the nation still facing PKZF, Cowgate etc? Malaysians have NO other choice! but to remove this Cancer to survive!

  7. #7 by dagen on Friday, 2 December 2011 - 8:49 am

    The gravest mistake those corruption ranking people made was in failing to recognise that malaysia is different. (1) In malaysia corruption does not exist. In malaysia we have proper legal documentations and support letters to cover all acts of the umno gobermen. Extra payment of any kind is acknowledged and legally accepted as commissions. So nothing wrong there. Of course occasionally the umno gobermen were cheated in paying 1000 times more for some things. (2) If at all there are corruption, the right to be corrupt is a constitutional ketuanan right of umnoputras. It is an unquestionable and any attempt to do so would amount to anti-agung, anti-sultan, anti-islam jenis umno, anti-gobermen, anti-melayu (actually umnoputra), ungratefulness, unpatriotism and the wrongdoer may be ISA-able and may have his citizenship revoked by umno. You see, elsewhere government punishes corruption. Here in malaysia the umno gobermen celebrates it because it is a right.

    If these two unique features of malaysia are taken into consideration then clearly we would score very well. In fact I believe we are pretty close to the top of the chart. And because we have angkasawan I am sure we are better than singapore.

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