Transparency International Malaysia secretary general Josie M Fernandez responded to Defence Minister Zahid Hamidi today, after he labelled the methodology used in the Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index as biased. Josie said that Transparency International Malaysia will send a copy of the report to Zahid and hope the ministry would engage with the corruption watchdog to address the issues it raised.
Speaking at the same press conference today, former Armored Corps director, Col (Rtd) Kamal Omar, said that the classification of defense procurements as state secrets, hamper transparency. While he believes OSA could apply on how the procurements are used to maintain national security, the cost of the procurements and how they are acquired should be disclosed.
In the anti-corruption index, Malaysia was listed as having a high corruption risk in its defense spending and operations.
Malaysia scored D- in the band range of A to F, placing it in the same league with countries such as Pakistan, China, Russia, Kazakhstan and Palestine.