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Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Malaysia At 43 Of Corruption Perceptions Index 2007, Up One Rung

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 26 (Bernama) -- Malaysia moved up by one rung in this year's Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), ending a five year downward trend, Transparency International Malaysia (TI-Malaysia) president, Tan Sri Dr Ramon Navaratnam said today.

Malaysia was ranked 33rd in 2002, 37th in 2003, 39th in 2004, 39th in 2005 and 44th in 2006.

"We are ranked at 43rd spot but with minimal improvement in the score, from 5.0 to 5.1," he told reporters here.

Although it was a small improvement it must be sustained, he said adding TI-Malaysia urged the government to step up the fight against corruption which was perceived to be a serious concern, especially among the public, officials and politicians.

"Malaysia needs to achieve a much higher level of transparency, integrity and good governance," he added.

Navaratnam said corruption was a key threat to the rule of law and the long-term sustainability of Malaysia's economic and social progress, which could undermine income distribution and income equity and also worsen poverty.

He said the perception that corruption was prevalent among the nation's political and business elite was widespread.

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