I asked a friend whether he has heard of Namibia. He answered: an African nation in the southern part of Africa. I asked him what he knows about Namibia, and he answered that he did not know much except that might be a country that is backward, corrupt and with a not so good standard of living.
His answers represent the perception of a lot of Malaysia about African nations in general.
Most of us would not want to visit that country as a tourist destination.
BUt that is the problems with we Malaysians. We thought we are the centre of the world and we thought that Malaysia is the best place in the world.
Let me tell you this. Malaysia and Namibia actually share the same spot in the corruption perception table 2009. Both countries are ranked 56, together with countries like Samoa and Latvia..These few countries share the same points, obtaining 4.5 out of 10 . It is equivalent to a person sitting for exam and obtaining only 45%, a mark which during our time is considered failure (60 is the passing mark). Last year, we were placed 47 with a score of 5.1.
The top 5 countries d their scores are:
1. New Zealand 9.4
2. Denmark 9.3
3. Singapore 9.2
5. Switzerland 9.0
Hong Kong is ranked NO. 12, and Taiwan is NO. 37. These 2 places were once among the the most corrupted in the world, but has since moved on to the top ranks of the least corrupted nations.
SO the myth that Asians are corrupted does not hold water. If Singapore, which has similar culture as Malaysia, can be one of the least corrupted countries, then we must ask ours selves, what went wrong ?
I have written many posts on the evils of corruptions, and lest I be labelled as ‘harping on issues’, i will not repeat all those again.
I think it is suffice for me to mention that corruption is the mother of all evils, and no nation which is deemed corrupt can rise to the rank of developed countries. Selective prosecution of those deemed corrupted will not change the corrupt culture and as long as the corrupt culture is in place, Malaysia can say bye bye to our dream of becoming a first world country.
For the full table, please click here.
P.S. I was just thinking, at the rate we are sliding down the corruption slide, 9 positions in a year, very soon we will reach the bottom (last position is 180), something our football team has the ‘foresight’ of achieving long time back.