1MDB issue among reasons for slide in Malaysia's corruption ranking

1MDB issue among reasons for slide in Malaysia's corruption ranking
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KUALA LUMPUR - Issues surrounding 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) and the RM2.6bil (S$873 million) donation were among reasons why Malaysia slipped four points in the global corruption perception index (CPI).

"We had the 1MDB issue, the RM2.6bil donation, MACC officers transferred and their home and office raided," Transparency Inter­national Malaysia (TI) president Datuk Akhbar Satar said after announcing the global CPI here yesterday.

The survey of the CPI of 168 nations for 2015 revealed that the country's score dropped from 52 per cent to 50 per cent compared to 2014 while its ranking slid from 50 to 54.

Akhbar said the drop in the CPI reversed a decade-long trend during which the country was seen as improving in its fight against corrup­tion.

He said 2014 was Malaysia's best score, showing that "our image was not tainted by corruption and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Com­mission had done its work well without interference".

Akhbar said Malaysia's CPI ranking would have slid even further to between 59 and 60 as nations such as Barbados, Panama, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, St Vincent and Puerto Rico were not covered last year.

"There were 175 countries that were surveyed last year.

"However, several countries were not included in the survey, which would have pushed our ranking down further to between 59 or 60," he said during the announcement of the global CPI here yesterday.

Among the nations that scored top marks were Denmark (91), Finland (90), Sweden (89), New Zealand (88), Netherlands and Norway (87), Switzerland (86), Singapore (85), Canada (83) and Germany (81).

Among the nations to score the lowest were Somalia (8) and North Korea (8), Afghanistan (11), Sudan (12), South Sudan and Angola (15), Iraq and Libya (16), Guinea-Bissau and Venezuela (17).

Asked about the Attorney-General's decision to close the SRC and the RM2.6bil donation cases, Akhbar said TI supported MACC's decision to appeal to two independent panels.

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