Thursday, March 08, 2018

TI Malaysia unashamedly defend CPI's lack of objectivety

The message in our past posting here on TI Malaysia's recent rating for a lower Corruption Perception Index (CPI) for Malaysia that investigation only increase perception of corruption.

Thus the way to lower corruption measure is to allow corruption to flourish and cover-up any possibility of being caught.

The CPI is seriously flawed as a measure of corruption. It runs counter to the unprecedented effort to combat corruption by imtensive investigation by MACC.

TI Malaysia's explanation was political. Dato Dr Akhtar highlighted certain corruption cases that could conveniently be linked to the federal government but not mention bigger cases that are linked to opposition-led states and a certain former Prime Minister.

As Deputy President of Parti Cina Malaysia, Datok Huan Cheng Guan highlighted, its the opposition side that is swarmed with bigger corruption cases.

The quantum of forex trading losses of BNM linked to the former PM but may not be entirely from trading is RM31.5 billion.

A former WSJ reporter estimated corruption of the former PM is USD100.billion.

Few years ago a DAP official in Melaka made a police report claiming the sum to be in the tune of RM1.15 trillion.

These information is public knowledge but yet, the watchdog effectively claimed today that corruption was less rampant under the former Prime Minister.

A clear case of blindly accepting data without proper and objective analysis. Oh boy, even idiots could hold a doctoral degree and honoured as a Datok.

As the Sultan of Johor once said, one can throw a pebble into a crowd and hit the head of Datok. The pubble could bounce off to hit the head of another Datok.

Thanks to Jahabar Saddiq and The Malaysia Insight for highlighting his idiocrasy at the pre-election intelectual conference gimmick of the opposition's so-called think tank, Institiut Darul Ehsan.

His spinning and lack of objectivity to telling:

Malaysia’s corruption index better under former prime ministers, says watchdog
Noel Achariam

Published on 8 Mar 2018 6:12PM

Transparency International-Malaysia chairman Akhbar Satar says the country's Corruption Perception Index Score was better under the previous two prime ministers and started falling following the 1MDB and SRC International scandals. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Seth Akmal, March 8, 2018.

MALAYSIA has performed better on the global Corruption Perception Index (CPI) during the Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Abdullah Ahmad Badawi administrations as compared to Najib Razak’s government, Transparency International-Malaysia (TI-M) said today.

The anti-graft watchdog’s chairman Akhbar Satar said Malaysia’s CPI started sliding after the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal.

"The CPI was started in 1994 and under the former prime ministers’ time, it was alright.

"After the 1MDB and SRC International cases, it started to drop after 2014 and it kept going down.

"It will continue to drop until the issues are resolved," Akhbar said during a forum titled ‘Malaysia a corrupt country: Facts or Propaganda" organised by Institut Darul Ehsan in Shah Alam today.

Akbar said that in 2016, Malaysia was ranked 55 out of 176 countries and in 2017, the CPI dropped to 62 out of 180 countries.

"We have dropped by seven points and this is our worst ranking. We are on par with Cuba."

The CPI is a global aggregate index comprising perceptions of corruption in the public sector.

The data is collected from 180 countries where up to 13 different data sources are collected from experts and businessmen.

The CPI is calculated based on abuse of power for private gain and the role of public officials and institutions.

Akbar said for the to CPI improve, all unresolved cases such as 1MDB, SRC International, Felda must be investigated.

"This is to ensure Malaysians will trust that investigations are done without fear or favour."

Akbar said that during Dr Mahathir’s tenure, he had introduced the MACC Act in 2009 and then Ahmad introduced the MACC transformation.

"During both the prime minister's tenure the CPI ranking was good.

"When Najib took over, the ranking in 2009 right up to 2013 was good. It was after 1MDB that it fell."

Akbar said that Malaysia during Dr Mahathir’s tenure in 2002 had a CPI ranking 32 out of 102 countries while it was 47 out of 180 countries during Ahmad’s time. – March 8, 2018.

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