PRESS STATEMENT BY GIAT COALITION
Corruption Perceptions Index results reflect growing deficit of trust in government
Kuala Lumpur, 27 January 2016 – The Coalition on Governance, Integrity, Accountability and Transparency (GIAT) notes with much concern over Malaysia’s latest score and ranking in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2015. The results of the survey which was revealed by Transparency International Malaysia this morning, reflects Malaysians’ deteriorating deficit of trust in government, and negative perceptions of increased corruption and lack of accountability by elected and public officials.
GIAT notes that the three indicators which saw a drop in Malaysia’s ranking, involved questions related to whether a public office holder who abused their positions are prosecuted and penalised; whether there is excessive patronage, nepotism, exchange of favours, close ties between politics and business; and whether there is misuse of public office for private gain. It is obvious that Malaysians continue to not be convinced by half-hearted measures, insincere reforms and public displays of prosecution which lead to nothing.
We reiterate the urgent need for the introduction and enforcement of political financing laws, for public institutions such as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to be strengthened, and the promotion of open government by breaking the culture of secrecy.
Despite the Malaysian government’s aspirations to develop the country into a developed and progressive nation, the fact that it has dropped four places in the overall ranking of the 168 countries which participated indicates that it continues to not do enough to address the issue of corruption and abuses of power. The lack of political will to do so has a direct impact on the country’s development. The demand by Malaysians for reforms is growing louder and will continue to grow in volume.
The GIAT coalition is made up of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M), Sinar Project, Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) and Friends of Kota Damansara. It works towards curbing and eradicating corruption in the country.