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Despite millions of ringgit spent on anti-corruption measures, Malaysia’s ranking on the 2013 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) only improved marginally

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 4th December, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur

In the latest 2013 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) Rankings by Transparency International, Malaysia’s position marginally improved from 54 in 2012 to 53 in 2013 and Malaysia’s overall score improved from 49 in 2012 to 50 in 2013. This marginal improvement is unacceptable given the hundreds of millions of ringgit spent on improving transparency and reducing corruption, including the efforts under the Anti-Corruption National Key Results Area (NKRA) as part of the Government Transformation Program (GTP).

As an example, the operating budget of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission for 2013 was RM252m and the operating budget of the National Audit Department for 2013 was RM148m giving a total for RM400m for these two agencies alone. Additional millions were also spent on the labs and workshops for the GTP 2.0 labs, workshops and open day as well as advertisements in 2013 which included initiatives under the Anti-Corruption NKRA.

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