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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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
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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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.
SNS KHY MIS AO