In some cases, such findings carry hidden agendas. When Western agencies conduct survey on developing nations, they always have the tendency to belittle them.
Here is where Defense Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein is right, very right about the Transparency International UK Defense and Security Programme (DSP) report about corruption at our security personnel.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein is unapologetic about the country being deemed "high risk" for corruption in the defence ministry or armed forces as claimed by an international watchdog.Transparency International was never fair in its reporting about Malaysia. They are always on the opposition side, supporting the anti-government NGOs' especially in matters pertaining to LGBT, general election and Bersih.
"Have you asked the Singapore defence minister? We are on the same ranking with them. What would their reply be?" said Hishammuddin in a press conference after chairing a steering committee meeting on the Automated Enforcement System today.
He said this in reference to the report by Transparency International UK Defence and Security Programme (DSP), which stated that Malaysia is one of 21 countries at "high risk" of corruption in the defence ministry or armed forces due to weak legislative scrutiny.
theSun highlighted the report which also stated that Malaysia was one of 55 countries that have failed to exercise sufficient control over their defence ministry and their armed forces.
Other countries sharing the "high risk" rating with Malaysia include Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Iraq, Singapore and China, a result described as "shocking" by Transparency International UK's DSP director Mark Pyman.
Hishammuddin said he is aware of the report but added that he needs to study the terms used in it.
He said Malaysia wants to benchmark itself internationally but added that national security will not be compromised in the process.
"If it is a question of transparency which will affect national security, then I give no apologies.
"I am not being apologetic if that affects our transparency index," he said.
Hishammuddin said his ministry will look at the report further and study the areas which can be addressed.
So, Hisham has every reason to rubbish such a report by TI. In fact, we should too.
What a watchdog TI is!