Malaysia is ranked below countries such as South Africa, Latvia in the 2009 Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index.

Malaysia is ranked below countries such as South Africa, Latvia in the 2009 Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index.

Bernama reports Malaysian Anti- Corruption Commission (MACC) detained 605 people last year on suspicion of being involved in various forms of corruption.

MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan said of that total 323 people or 54 per cent were civilians and privately-employed persons while 282 or 46 per cent were civil servants.

“This clearly shows that there has been a very big change in the awareness of civil servants towards corruption,” according to Ahmad Said.

Ahmad Said said following the government’s and MACC’s efforts to have programmes to educate about corruption and integrity there has been much positive effect whereby many civil servants had come forward to report about attempts to bribe them.

“The efforts to fight corruption needs planning and implementation of various policies and programmes systematically and continuously. The level of awareness regarding the dangers of corruption has to be enhanced from time to time.

However, opposition lawmaker Lim Kit Siang said Malaysia continued to slip in Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI) ranking and score.

“Malaysia slipping further in ranking from No. 47 to may be No. 50 and to fall to the lowest CPI score ever of 4.8,” Kit Siang said in his blog.

“But my worst fears had been exceeded when the Berlin-based TI just announced that Malaysia had plunged nine places from last year’s 47th CPI ranking to 56th position while Malaysia CPI index score plunged to the lowest in 15 years to 4.5 when Malaysia’s previous worst scores below 5 were 4.8 in 2000 and 4.9 in 2002.”

“This is a national shame and major blow for Najib’s premiership,” Lim added.