"Unbelievable," I muttered to myself as the lights turned. Could we possibly be less corrupt than we were last year?
It turns out that it was just an attempt to fool the Malaysian public as usual, by insinuating we had improved instead of regressing.
“A fall of 0.6 from 5.1 in 2008 to 4.5 in 2009 is alarming not only to the people of Malaysia but also the government of the day,” said Datuk Paul Low, the country president of the local branch of TI.
Let's not even consider Singapore's lofty position. It's too embarrassing.
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