PUTRAJAYA (Feb 7): Malaysia needs to continue and enhance the implementation of anti-corruption activities to create a graft-free environment in the public and private sectors, said Human Resources Minister V Sivakumar.

He said efforts to prevent corruption became the main focus of the government because the people are now actively observing and judging the quality of the government and its agencies’ services.

“Good services without corruption give a better perception, as well as improves the country’s CPI (Corruption Perceptions Index) score in the future,” he said when launching the graft prevention initiative by the Human Resources Development Corporation (HRD Corp) here on Tuesday (Feb 7).

According to him, the country’s CPI rose from 62 to 61 last year, out of 180 countries, but in the index released by Transparency International (TI), Malaysia’s score dropped one point to 47, compared to 48 in the same year.

He also said that HRD Corp’s Organisational Anti-Corruption Plan (OACP) demonstrates the agency’s efforts to combat corruption by outlining four strategic objectives that focus on governance, administration, procurement and enforcement.

A total of 27 strategic initiatives have been identified under the plan to curb corruption, abuse of power and malpractice, while further empowering the best governance and integrity at HRD Corp, he said.