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Malaysia Scores 39 out of 100 in the Open Budget Index 2012

The International Budget Partnership today released the Open Budget Survey 2012, the only independent, comparative, and regular measure of budget transparency and accountability around the world. Produced every two years by experts outside government, the 2012 Survey reveals that the national budgets of 77 of the 100 countries assessed – these 77 countries are home to half the world’s population – fail to meet basic standards of budget transparency. Compounding this are the Survey’s findings on the widespread failure of governments to provide sufficient opportunities for citizens and civil society to engage in budget processes.

Countries are ranked on a scale of 0 to 100 based on the 95 budget questions, where countries that score zero have made no budget documents public while countries scoring 100 have been completely transparent in making public all budget documents.

The 2012 Survey is the fourth round of the Survey; the first was in 2006 and covered 59 countries, the second, 2008 with 85 countries; and the third round was in 2010 and assessed 94 countries. This is the third rounds of budget transparency research which CPPS has been involved in with the Open Budget Survey.

In 2008, Malaysia scored 35 out of 100 points for the survey, while in 2010, the score was somewhat improved to 39. However, there is no difference in score for 2010 as well as 2012, which is disappointing with respect to our aim to promote increased governmental transparency. Progress can be seen to be very limited between the year 2010 and 2012.

Considering the average score of 42% and we are scoring below average; that is, the government are providing minimal information to the public in its budget documents during the year. It is seen that the level of transparency surrounding government budgets in Malaysia is indeed dismal and must be changed.

Please download the following link for further information and understanding of the study:

  • Full report (English)

  • Infographic (English)

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