(File pix) Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Razali Ibrahim said Malaysia, despite the position, occupied the upper one third of the 176 countries involved in the study, with a score of 49. Pix by Adi Safri

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is still in good stead, despite being ranked 55th in last year's Corruption Perception Index (CPI), the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Razali Ibrahim said Malaysia, despite the position, occupied the upper one third of the 176 countries involved in the study, with a score of 49.

"Malaysia is also placed third in the CPI, out of 10 Asean countries involved in the study," he said in reply to a question from Lim Guan Eng (DAP-Bagan).

Lim had asked on tye approaches taken to improve the country's position in the CPI, to be ranked 30th by 2020.

Razali (BN-Muar) said the CPI for 2016 was calculated based on eight surveys carried out by various international agencies on 176 countries, compared to 168 countries in 2015.

He told the house that out of the eight surveys, Malaysia achieved an excellent score for the Global Insight Country Risk Rating, with an increase of 17 points from 42 in 2015, to 59 last year.

"This is due to an efficient and competitive delivery system in the country," he said, adding that the score has impacted Malaysia's position in the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) by the World Economic Forum.

Razali stated that the government was always working towards improving the administrative structure of the country and its CPI position.

He however reminded that efforts to improve are long-term and that the results can only be seen in the long run.

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