Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Datuk Seri Shukri Abdull said he was ashamed at Malaysia’s corruptions level worsening yesterday (13th November 2018).
According to Malaysia-Today, Shukri was quoted saying that he was preferred to be called Indonesian rather than Malaysian in 2016, even though then Indonesian’s had a far higher corruption index. The Malaysian Corruption Perception Index (CPI) has been dropping from 52 in 2014, to 50 in 2016 and scored a 47 in 2017.
“The facts are there. Take, for example, the corruption perception index, 2014 we scored 52. We barely passed, it is a C-grade,” Shukri told a forum jointly organised by MACC and the Education Ministry, as a panellist.
He added that the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal has put us on the global map for corruption and Malaysia was now known as one of the worlds worse case of kleptocratic country instead of a country of a country with integrity.
Shukri has told the forum that the best way to eradicate corruption in the country was to teach the youths to hate it when they are young, in-line with what Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir had said previously about the best defence against corruption.
“Corruption should be made a compulsory subject in schools. When we inculcate the young to dislike corruption, they are less likely to be corrupt when they are adults,” he said.
Shukri acknowledges that even businessmen and students agree that corruption was normal to get things done and it is an accepted practice in Malaysia.
“In the UKM study on students’ perception of graft, 30 per cent were willing to pay bribes if there was a need to realise an opportunity,” Shukri said.
Malaysia’s ranking had dropped to No.62 out of 180 countries, marking it as its lowest position since the index started in 1995.