Religious leaders also take a beating, with 31% of respondents in Transparency-International Malaysia’s Global Corruption Barometer survey saying they are corrupt.
KUALA LUMPUR: The police force is yet again perceived as the most corrupt institution in the country.
About 57% of the 1,009 Malaysian participants of Transparency-International Malaysia’s (TI-M) Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) survey felt the police department was the most corrupt.
The survey results also showed that 13% of respondents who had encountered the police in the past had paid a bribe to the men and women in blue.
But even this number is doubtful. According to TI-M president Akhbar Satar: “The problem is that some Malaysians are scared to say they have either bribed or attempted to bribe an officer of the government.
“They want to show that they have integrity.”
Akhbar was speaking at the release of the survey results here.
The 1,009 respondents polled were asked “How many of the following people/institutions do you think are involved in corruption”.
They were also asked to state if they had ever paid a bribe to, among others, the police, court officers, and public health care institutions.
However, this year’s GCB showed an improvement in the percentage of people who felt the police department was the most corrupt, compared with the previous survey conducted in 2013. Then, three quarters or 76% of the 1,000 Malaysian respondents had viewed the police as the most corrupt.
The other institutions that were also perceived as corrupt were the “tax officials” such as the Finance Ministry and local government tax collectors (48%), local government councillors (48%), business executives (46%), and government officials (45%).
Surprisingly, despite the allegations made against Prime Minister Najib Razak, only 41% of the survey participants perceived him and the officials in his office as corrupt.
Akhbar noted the result, but did not comment on it.
Religious leaders also made the list with 31%, although this group ranked the lowest among the other eight institutions.
“This shows that just because you claim to be religious, it doesn’t mean you are not corrupt,” said Akhbar.