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Date 10/07/2013

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government will work to put in place comprehensive good governance and anti-corruption measures following the latest Transparency International survey that showed Malaysia's corruption as having risen to 3% from 1.2% previously.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Paul Low said he was committed to tabling the results of the 2013 Global Corruption Barometer to the Cabinet.

"We will work to put in place comprehensive good governance and anti-corruption measures - ministry by ministry - with the personal collaboration of each minister.

"As the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department overseeing integrity, good governance and human rights, I hereby commit to table the results of this survey to the Cabinet," he said in a statement here yesterday.

Low said the survey showed that corruption was not just peculiar to Malaysia but a global menace that must be recognised and addressed before it was too late.

"Encouragingly, the rakyat registered their strong willingness to support the fight against corruption," he said, pointing out that an overwhelming majority believed that ordinary people could make a difference while almost 80% would report an incident of corruption.

On the continued perception that both the police and political institutions were the most corrupt, Low said this was consistent with worldwide results.

"Thirty-six countries viewed the police as the most corrupt, the judiciary in 20 countries and the political institutions in a whopping 51 countries," he said.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said he would look into the results of the survey and try to use them to guide his men.

Earlier, Transparency Inter­national-Malaysia (TI-M) president Datuk Akhbar Satar said the survey, which was carried out in 107 countries between September 2012 and March this year, showed that corruption in the country had increased to 3% from 1.2% in 2011.

This was the percentage of the 1,000 people surveyed in Malaysia who stated that they had paid a bribe in the past 12 months. The global average for corruption is 27%.

"The police have been identified as the most bribed institution for the past 12 months," he said, adding that 12% of those surveyed had personally experienced police bribery in the past year.

An observation by TI-M also showed that fewer people believed the Government's moves in fighting bribery were effective - down to 31% from 49% - while those who believed that these were neither effective nor ineffective had grown to 44% from 27%.

Source : The Star Online

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