SIBU, Feb 2: The government will not lessen its anti-corruption efforts despite an improvement in Malaysia’s ranking in the latest International Transparency Index from 61 to 51, out of 180 countries surveyed.
Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, Chong Chieng Jen said Malaysia mist persist in its fight against corruption as corruption is still widespread and the main enemy of the country.
He said this at a Chinese New Year Open House here hosted by his ministry.
The Stampin MP noted the country’s most recent ranking in the 2019 International
Transparency Index was the country’s best show in the past 10 years.
“This shows that we are moving in the right direction,” he said, adding that national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was currently stable, growing between 4.5 per cent to 4.7 per cent under the Pakatan Harapan government.
Meanwhile, Chong urged people to adopt e-commerce into their business models to take advantage of current global trends.
He noted that traditional business models were showing declines while businesses adopting e-commerce were growing.
“We need to adapt to this new industrial revolution if we want to achieve new development,” he emphasised.
Among those present were Sibu MP Oscar Ling, Lanang MP Alice Lau, Bukit Assek assemblywoman Irene Chang, Pelawan assemblyman David Wong, and other Pakatan Harapan leaders.
Also present was the ministry’s deputy secretary of consumerism and management, Datuk Rostam Affendi Salleh, and representatives from various associations and non-govermental organisations (NGOs), federal and state agencies. — DayakDaily