Immediately upon the announced downgrading of Malaysia's ranking of it's Corruption Perception Index (CPI) to 60 for 2010 from 56 the previous year by Transparency International (TI), DAP was swift to point at the Barisan Nasional Government.
Many parties have questioned the method of measuring corruption level based on perception and the restricted sampling to only 12 respondents from the expatriate business community.
These expatriate are likely to form their opinions from English media and not from the local vernacular papers and Malay language official reports. Their negative perception could have been built from left leaning spinning reports of Malaysiakini, Malysia Insiders and Malaysia Today.
The major weakness of CPI is that it is manipulatable by sentiment and politics as indicated by the poor position in previous years. How else could we rate the CPI when even Teoh Beng Hock’s suicide became a major point of consideration?
The CPI does not reflect statistics on incidents of corruption, and effectiveness of the result of effort to combat corruption. Read more this analysis by blog Imrite here.
Refer to the table here and ask: How could Malaysia's position be more inferior to countries like Saudi Arabia and Jordan, which do not even disclose their work? It applies also to other Arab coutries like Oman.
Does it make sense that war torn Rwanda is less corrupt than Malaysia?
Our MACC had apprehended a Singaporean bribing our police and when extradited to Singapore, he was released. Does Singapore deserve the 5th place or they deserve it just because their media says so. The media in Singapore is so free that they report just about everything, I’m sure the expatriates there would agree with me, no?
Transparency International is made up of one clever lot, aren’t they?
In his latest posting here, blogger RBF made an interesting observation. Malaysia's position on the CPI was bad during the years of 2009-2011.
From the years of 2001 to 2004, Malaysia's position was within the ranking of 36 to 39, moving up or down by within 4 ranks. For the years 2004 to 2007, it fell from 39 to 44, a mere 5 ranks.
But, for 2008 to 2011, it started at 47 to end at the latest of 60, 13 rank drop. Co-incidently, those were the years several states with important national economic centres, like Selangor and Penang, fell to Pakatan.
The CPI is based on perception of corruption on the whole country and not focus only on the Federal government. During that period, the significant undeniable change in the administration of the country is the role of opposition parties in state administration.
Penang is adminstrated under the full control of DAP. While Selangor is a coalition Government with DAP's strong influence quite visible in the exco line-up and control the State Assembly.
Food for thoughts: Shouldn't that imply that corruption is on the up since DAP's role in the state administration becomes more significant?
Is it not true that Teoh Beng Hock was being investigated for alleged widespread corruption with the DAP and among DAP elected reperesentatives in Selangor?
Malaysians seem to forget why Teoh Beng Hock was at the Selangor MACC building in the first place. What was he being investigated for? What happened to the DAP assemblyman’s corruption case?
PKR Division head, Boo Chang left the party to join Barisan Nasional. He resigned in protest to Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng awarding the sPICE project without open tender.
If that is not convincing, look at the rate Penang Development Corporation (PDC) is selling land to private developers. Sales of land gives only one-off benefit to the state as compared to previous arrangements where PDC took part as a joint venture partner.
Selangor's State Economic Development Corporation (PKNS) has transformed itself from a developer of houses for low to medium income rakyat to be a commercial developer building high end condominiums, bungalows and high profit margin developments.
Their humble corporate office is sold, and PKNS is renting offices while the new corporate office is undergoing construction.
As in Penang and Selangor, construction and development industry is the breeding ground of corruption, dirty money laundering, gangsterism and abuse of power.
The issue of exorbitant pay and fees to management and consultants have already made headlines.
Interestingly, although the DAP was only in control of the Perak state government for a couple of months after the 2008 general elections, fresh cases of corruption and abuse of power have emerged.
The loud and controversial DAP Secretary for Perak, Nga Kor Meng is currently quiet and under pressure from the recent expose by an MIC blogger that his wife was awarded contract to provide lounge suit for state immediately upon DAP takeover of Perak Government.
In just less than a year, what else could have been done by DAP’s holier than thou leaders in Perak?
RBF's observation has merit and it looks the three fingers are pointing back to the perpetual accuser of corruption.
Maybe DAP chairman Karpal Singh knows more than this.
Karpal should speak out on the spread of this cancer in DAP which is seriously affecting Malaysia’s image in the eyes of the world.