The Star Online article captured my attention “Malaysia scored 47 points and dropped seven places in the overall ranking of 180 countries to 62nd spot. In 2016, Malaysia ranked 55 among 176 countries, with a score of 49 out of 100. In 2015, Malaysia ranked 54 out of 168 countries, with a score of 50. In responding to the drop of the CPI, as the researcher and consultant, I would like to express the following sharing:
- The corruption perception index is mainly based on citizen perception in the corruption. There are several factors contributing to the human perception thatincludes past experience, expectation, motives, perceived values, cognition and the action. All these perceptions can be changed due to a single point, different time frame, emotion and even the validity and reliability of the instruments.
- Corruption Perception Index survey results can be influenced by the sample selection process. If the research is conducted in a specific sampling method, research instruments, culture, even the methodology to capture the data researcher.
- Policy and changes in the government sectors no doubt is significant and clear through several transformation processes. However, how well does this information reach the target group? Behaviour modification process does not occur over time. Human needs time to internalize the process and also synergy with their own values before a behaviour is formed. MACC effort is significant to contribute to the change of the nation. However, it is not fair to relate to the drop of CPI to the effort of MACC. Hence, it is a need to have a comprehensive reaching out strategies to change the perception of the citizen.
- Human perception is one of the most difficult parts to deal with. Nowadays, with digitalization and globalization, there is an overflow of information in our daily life. People trust information without any verification. They would share and take the attempt to trust and internalize the wrong information to be the fact. As the result, the wrong perception is formulated.
- Perhaps, everyone should apply the 3 Filter Test of Socrates. The first test is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true? If not true, ignore it. The test of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my student something good? If it is not good, ignore it. The third test, the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my student going to be useful to me? If not useful, ignore it.