KUALA LUMPUR, April 6 (Bernama) — Transparency International-Malaysia (TI-M) wants Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to take drastic measures to significantly improve the Corruption Perception Index of Malaysia.
Firstly, there is a dire need to wipe out money politics in party elections, general election and by-elections, it said in a statement.
Other measures are making sources of political funding more visible through mandatory public disclosure and transparent for all political parties; put in place a more open procurement for government-linked corporations; and eliminate political patronage, it said.
Finally, provide more access to information that is of public interest and continue having a more open media.
It noted that the Corruption Perception Index had worsened to 5.1 from 5.2 previously and the country’s ranking had dropped to 47 from 37 over the last six years.
TI-M recognises that instilling the virtue of integrity and combating corruption will not be effective unless a culture of zero tolerance for corruption is inculcated not only in the civil service but also in the society at large including the business community.
In welcoming Najib’s succession as the sixth prime minister, TI-M hopes the chief executive of the nation and his cabinet ministers will set the tone to fight corruption and provide exemplary leadership of integrity and righteousness.
It said Najib faces not only the daunting task of providing his leadership to take the country through the expected protracted recession of the economy caused by the worldwide recession, but also to restore the unfavourable perception of the Barisan government especially in the area of integrity.
Despite promises made in the last decade for a clean and trustworthy government, the perception of the people from their experiences has been rather negative, it said.
There has been a lack of confidence in key institutions of the judiciary and law enforcement agencies, namely the police and the anti-corruption agency, it said.
These agencies were perceived as not only partisan and not independent of the executive arm but also lacking in integrity, it said.
TI-M welcomed and supported the positive steps taken by the government to reform these institutions to make them more independent and effective.
However, it remains to be seen whether such changes, while good in their intention, do translate into real changes for the better, it added.
Source : Bernama