"This shows that there are a number of countries that have progressed much better than us," said Transparency International (Malaysia) president Ramon Navaratnam.
Navaratnam was referring to Singapore, which topped the list in South East Asia with a score of 9.1. Overall, the island state was placed fourth among 180 countries assessed.
By comparison, Malaysia came out 47th in the overall list, compared to 36th placing it secured in 2001 when the index had surveyed only 91 countries.
In fact Malaysia thrives on a crony culture. Corruption can be a necessity to induce efficiency and effectiveness. It also helps to promote muhibbah and tolerances. It also help to improve the NEP and Malay Agenda. However, it should not be over the table; under table is still okay lah.
In fact our corruption index could have improved further if we baptised the act and renamed it as commission, finding fees, agency fees, consultancy fees, or any other name that is more delighting and satisfying. The Chinese needs kautim, kangtau, close-one-eye, entertainment and win-win partnership. Those who are not businessmen may not understand lah!