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More Malaysians paying bribes, says Transparency International

July 10, 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: More Malaysians have resorted to paying bribes, according to a survey by Transparency International – Malaysia (TI-M).

Of 1,000 people surveyed by TI-M from September 2012 to March this year, 3% said they had paid bribes against 1.2% in 2011.

TI-M president Datuk Akhbar Satar said the survey by Transparency International was carried out in 107 countries.

Akhbar, however, pointed out that the 3% figure was still lower than those in neighbouring countries such as Thailand (18%), Indonesia (36%) and Philippines (12%).

The global average for corruption is 27%.

“The police have been identified as the most bribed institution the past 12 months,” Akhbar told a press conference.

He said 12% of the respondents said they had personally experienced police bribery in the past year.

The survey also found that fewer people believed that the Government’s efforts in fighting bribery had been effective – down to 31% from 49% in 2011.

Those who believed that the efforts were neither effective nor ineffective grew from 27% to 44%.

In response to the findings, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Paul Low (pix) gave the assurance that the Government will put in place good governance and anti-corruption measures with the direct participation of the ministers.

He said he was committed to tabling the results of the 2013 Global Corruption Barometer in the Cabinet.

“We will work to put in place comprehensive good governance and anti-corruption measures – ministry by ministry – with the personal collaboration of each Minister.

“As the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department overseeing integrity, good governance and human rights, I hereby commit to table the results of this survey to the Cabinet,” he said in a statement here.

Low said the survey showed that corruption was not just peculiar to Malaysia but a global menace.

It must be recognised and addressed before it was too late, he said.

“Encouragingly, the rakyat registered their strong willingness to support the fight against corruption,” he said.

On the continued perception that both the police and political institutions were the most corruption institutions, Low said this was consistent with worldwide results.

“Thirty-six countries viewed the police as the most corrupt, the judiciary in 20 countries and the political institutions in a whopping 51 countries,” he said.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said he would use the findings to guide his men.

– THE STAR

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