By OMAR RIDZUAN

KUALA LUMPUR –- Malaysia is ranked 57th out of 180 countries in the Transparency International (TI-M) Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2020.

TI-M President Dr Muhammad Mohan said the country’s score dropped by two points from 53 in 2019 to 51 last year, while the country’s ranking slid six notches.

Releasing the index today, Muhammad said the score was assessed based on criteria which included the Economist Intelligence, Unit Country Risk Service, Global Insight Country Risk Ratings 2019, and the World Economic Forum Executive Opinion Survey 2019, among others.

“Among the criteria that gave lower assessments for Malaysia in 2020 compared to 2019 were the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) 2020 and the Political and Economic Risk Consultancy Asian Intelligence 2020,” Muhammad said in a virtual press conference here today.

Among the ASEAN countries, Malaysia remained third before Brunei in second place and Singapore at the pole position. Both countries ranked 35 and 4 respectively.

Muhammad said the two-point drop from 53 to 51, is not significant as the margin of error was at 1.6 points.

“The reason why the rank has dropped six steps is that other countries have either maintained or done better than us,” he said.

According to him the drop in rankings is not the worst dip ever seen by Malaysia over the recent years, but he believed that the country could do better.

“So, in terms of score we may be two points below from the previous assessment (2019), but in terms of rank we have dropped a lot, but that is because others have done well. So, there is a very good possibility that we can rebound.”

However, he said for Malaysia to rebound, the country must ensure greater transparency and disclosures of information.

-BebasNews

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