PERCEPTION ON CORRUPTION IN POLITICS, NOT A TRUE PICTURE OF CORRUPTION IN MALAYSIA

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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 24 (Bernama) -- The negative public perception on

corruption in the country''s politics cannot be used as a barometer to assess the

extent of corruption in the country as a whole.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister''s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said

that public perception need not necessarily be a reality because much of it

was based on factors that were not clear or accurate.

Liew said this in response to a question by Fuziah Salleh (PKR-Kuantan) who

wanted to know whether the government was aware that based on the Global

Corruption Barometer Survey 2009, the Malaysians'' perception on political party

corruption was at its worst.

She claimed this was different from the 2009 Annual Report of the Malaysian

Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) which stated that 15 members of political

parties were facing prosecution for corruption.

Liew responded by saying that the 15 political party members were prosecuted

by MACC based on facts and law.

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PARLIAMENT-PERCEPTION 2 KUALA LUMPUR

Fuziah also challenged the government to make it compulsory for asset

disclosure by politicians, as was being done in Indonesia during the election

season, to reflect the government''s transparency in combating corruption in the

country.

Liew also hit out at Fuziah for not stating the actual facts of the survey

by Transparency International, especially on the finding that only four percent

of respondents opined that the country''s parliament was corrupt, compared with

47 per cent in Indonesia.

"And in other countries like India, Thailand and South Korea, the corruption

perception in political parties is much higher than Malaysia, which is 58 per

cent, 54 per cent and 38 per cent, respectively. In Malaysia, it is only 42

percent," he said.

He also said that the study was based on information obtained from the

people in February last year, which was before Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib

Tun Razak took over the federal government''s administration and introduced the

National Key Result Areas (NKRA).

"Under the NKRA, the government set the agenda to fight corruption as the

main thrust," he added.

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PARLIAMENT-PERCEPTION 3 (LAST) KUALA LUMPUR

Liew also said that the court''s failure to convict a person of corruption

did not mean that MACC was not doing its job.

"When a politician is taken to the court, he will be allowed to get a good

lawyer to defend him.

"So, if he is not convicted, it does not mean that the MACC is not doing its

job, but possibly the accused has engaged the best lawyer to represent him in

court," he added.

-- BERNAMA

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