Holistic Society: Create a National Integrity System for Malaysia

By:

Selina Chean, John Ku, Zulkifli Hilmi

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Policy Code:

3d Anti corruption

Problem Statement:

Public perception of corruption in Malaysia has rapidly deteriorated by 8.7%1 over the last 4 years alone, with respondents citing widespread instances of corruption in the public and enforcement sectors as contributing to this decline. Clearly, a systemic, whole-of-society response is required to even halt, if not reverse, this trend.

Value(s) and Belief(s):

To ensure that there is an enabling environment that supports reduction in corruption, a National Integrity System needs to be built.
The NIS pillars are interdependent, a weakening of one pillar can result in an increased load being shifted on the others. Where several pillars weaken, the point may be reached where the system effectively collapses.

Proposal of Solution:

Identify gaps and opportunities for corruption within each of the pillars and then coordinate the work of the government, civil society, and corporates into a coherent framework. Some key initiatives are identified below.
Active Civil Society
▪ Repeal OSA and review role of MCMC.
▪ Integrate anti-corruption values into education for all secondary schools
▪ National level corruption campaign with media, educational and religious groups
Corporate Governance
▪ Review appointment of Directors and shareholders of GLCs
▪ Implement declaration and monitoring of assets
▪ Increase protection of minority shareholders’ interests
▪ Increase control of monopolies and quasi-monopolies
Judicial Independence
▪ Strengthen anti-corruption legislation and institutions
Public Administration Reform
▪ Enforce Code of Ethics in the public service
▪ Implement declaration and monitoring of assets for top civil servants

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