Putrajaya is aiming to get Malaysia into the top 30 of Transparency' International's Corruption Perception Index (CPI) vy 2020.
"Our target is to have Malaysia occupy the top 30 percentile of the CPI index amongst developed nations by the year 2020," said Performance Management Delivery Unit (Pemandu) chief executive officer Idris Jala (pic).
Today, Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) announced that Malaysia scored 50 out of 100 points in its global annual CPI. Malaysia ranked 53rd out of 177 countries. It managed to improve by one point compared with 2012 when it scored 49, with a rank of 54.
Idris lauded prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's move to bring in Datuk Paul Low, who was formerly TI-M's president, to help Putrajaya in its battle against corruption.
"While systematic structures have been positioned to enhance anti-graft practices, we believe there remains much room for tougher measures. We have to strive harder in 2014 to implement initiatives that will affect perception," Idris said in a statement today.
TI-M president Datuk Akhbar Satar said when announcing the CPI that the country still had a lot more work to do by improving enforcement, fixing loopholes in laws and a strong willpower to curb corruption.
Idris, who is a minister in the Prime Minister's Department, said the government transformation programme 2.0 has enhanced awareness through its anti-corruption education. This, he said, allows mindsets to change.
"The CPI helps us identify areas that need more focus; areas such as an absence of integrity in any system can be damaging to the credibility of multiple initiatives," he said.
Malaysia ranks third in Southeast Asia in the CPI this year, behind Singapore (5th) and Brunei (38th).
Idris said the Auditor General's (AG) Online Dashboard allows the public to scrutinise the AG office's findings and to provide the check and balance needed to hold ministries accountable.
Pemandu's Anti-Corruption Nation Key Result Area (NKRA) director, Ravindran Devagunam, said the agency would be focusing on procurement issues in Private Public Partnership (PPP) projects, political financing and corruption in the private sector.
"Among the proposals put forth is the setting up of an oversight committee to monitor contracting processes and execution implemented with the maximum transparency and accountability in PPP projects.
"In terms of political financing, we will be working with political parties to ensure proper recording and accounting of political donations and accountability by mandatory issuance of receipt for any contribution," he said.
He said the NKRA is looking at including a corporate liability provision into the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act.
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