KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) move to announce a corruption ranking system for all the ministries is expected to help fight misconduct in the public sector.
Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) president Datuk Akhbar Satar said as MACC has set a three-year target to clean up the public sector, the move could curb corruption among civil servants and help the commission to achieve its goal.
“Every year without fail, the Auditor-General's Report still contained findings on power abuse, corruption and misconduct in the ministries.
“Therefore, the ranking system could help to identify which ministries are prone to corruption and help them to improve themselves.
“By doing so, the ministries will know where they stand and come out with plans, such as monitoring staff and conducting checks on anyone who lives beyond means, in order to combat corruption and improve their rankings.
“It will also further strengthen the existing Integrity Unit in the ministries,” he said when contacted today.
Akhbar said the respective ministries could also seek help from MACC to prepare strategies to fight corruption.
Yesterday, MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad said the commission has come up with a corruption ranking system, which was modeled after the South Korea corruption integrity assessment system, for all ministries.
He said the list, containing the rankings of “Top 10 Most Problematic Ministries” and “The Best Top 5”, would be announced to the public next month or in December.
Meanwhile, Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) director Cynthia Gabriel said ‘naming and shaming’ was an effective way of putting things in perspective.
“The fight against corruption, especially in the public administration has reached alarming levels.
“Although not all civil servants are bad, the (corruption) problem is systemic and deeply entrenched that even the good ones will find it hard to be honest and carry their work with integrity.
“Therefore, we need to give MACC more strength and above all more independence to crackdown on corruption without fear and without favour.”
She said MACC too however, must show that it is not being selective with the cases and cannot be dictated by political directives.
“We need MACC be fair, strong and independent,” she said adding the judgement (ranking system) should involve civic participation.
Cynthia also said that there was a need for a reward system to honour the good employees based on performance, honesty and integrity.
“This will clearly drive motivation to excel, be the best and ensure healthy competition amongst ministries.”