Crackdown on graft led to lower perceptions index, says law minister

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PUTRAJAYA: Law minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar says Malaysia’s corruption perceptions index (CPI) has dropped because of wide publicity in the fight against corruption and bringing cases to court.

He said the recent crackdown on corruption cases by enforcement agencies such as the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has led to perceptions that corruption is rampant in the country.

However, he is confident the CPI will go up as soon as people see the results of these cases, he told a press conference.

Earlier this week, Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) said Malaysia is placed at number 62 out of 100 countries in TI’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index 2021 (CPI 2021).

The anti-graft watchdog said Malaysia’s ranking is the “lowest since the methodology was revised in 2012”.

Last year, TI had ranked Malaysia at 57.

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