Kit Siang demands Najib, Cabinet explain CPI rankings slide

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal, The Malaysian Insider

The Prime Minister and his entire Cabinet must explain Malaysia’s poor Corruption Perception Index (CPI) ranking as it cannot continue to remain “the elephant in the room” for the government, Lim Kit Siang said today.

In a report released by Transparency International (TI), Malaysia’s CPI dropped for the third year running, slipping to 4.3 this year, leaving it in 60th place out of 183 countries compared with 37th place when Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi took over as prime minister in 2003.

“Datuk Seri Najib Razak should give a full and detailed explanation as to why after 32 months of his premiership, Malaysia has suffered the national ignominy of the worst-ever ranking of No. 60 and  lowest-ever score of 4.3 in TI CPI 2011 for the past 17 years.