Friday, January 24, 2020

Malaysia Improves on CPI Score

Corruption: A virulent scourge in Malaysia under Najib Razak

Malaysia’s ranking in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2019 sprung 10 places to 51 compared to the previous year, Transparency International Malaysia (TI) revealed Thursday. 

We scored 53 points compared to 47 points in the 2018 index when we were ranked 61 out of 180 countries surveyed. A higher score indicates better public perception. 

TI’s CPI measures public sector corruption including bribery, diversion of public funds, use of public office for private gain, and nepotism in the civil service. 

TI-M president Muhammad Mohan (right) said among the reasons for Malaysia’s improved score was the swift action by the Pakatan Harapan administration in addressing the 1MDB, SRC International, Felda and Tabung Haji scandals when they came into power. 

This, he said, was followed by the arrest of political figures who were later charged by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission. Muhammad also warned that while the present government had done a lot to improve the ranking, “there are still a lot of institutional reforms that have been delayed”. 

I won’t bother listing them out because Malaysians know already which ones they are. We’ve been talking about these reforms for a long, long time. 

The delay is intentional. Moreover, we lack the political will. 

Corruption still lurks in the shadows. Surely, we know we are not out of the woods yet. 

Yesterday, I was in Sunway Mentari, Selangor for the KPP Toastmasters meeting – and this was a meeting that kept me really busy because I ended up doing multiple roles: Toastmaster, assignment speaker, Table Topics Evaluator and for a time, Timekeeper (right).

I took the opportunity to do my last speech from the Special Occasion Speeches manual, project #4 Presenting an Award. This 3-4 minutes speech paid tribute to KPP’s Sandy Tan and is titled “Lagenda KPP” – a woman who demonstrates vision, ambition and resilience. 

If you don't know already, her "KPP Empire" has now spread its wings throughout Malaysia as well as to Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia. Respect!

BTW, this was my two-hundredth Advanced Communication speech. Thus, I have earned my seventh Advanced Communicator Silver title. This also means my tally of Toastmasters awards in Communication and Leadership now stands at 126:

With my Toastmasters exit imminent, I am still 4 awards away from my personal target of 130! I need to work harder!

Photos from the said meeting:

We had two guests from KPP TTDI who dropped in – and they brought yee sang. We didn’t expect this but it was a welcomed gesture because the Lunar New Year is almost upon us!

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