Muslim bloc should do more to fight corruption: Malaysia
The world’s biggest Muslim grouping should do more to fight corruption, which is worsening poverty in the Muslim world, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has said.
Abdullah, the current chair of the 57-nation Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), said that wiping out graft was essential to secure a better future for the world’s Muslims.
“I would like the see the OIC play a more active role in the global fight against corruption,” he told the grouping’s first forum on fighting graft.
“The current condition that Muslim countries find themselves in is deeply alarming and distressing,” said Abdullah, who has made the fight against corruption the cornerstone of his administration.
“I believe that many of the development challenges that the Muslim ummah faces (have their) roots in problems of poverty, poor governance and limited education opportunities, all of which are exacerbated by the existence of corruption.”
Abdullah said that on watchdog Transparency International’s corruption perception index (CPI), half the bottom 10 places were occupied by Muslim nations and the leading Muslim country ranked only 29th in the world.
“I am deeply saddened to note that Muslim countries as a group do not rate very highly when it comes to perceptions of corruption,” he said in an opening speech.
“It is vital for Muslim nations to focus their attention on improving their position in the CPI … there is no arguing with the effect that it has on our economic and political interests.”
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