Published: Tuesday February 5, 2013 MYT 7:21:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday February 5, 2013 MYT 7:26:07 PM
Ahmad Zahid refutes report by UK International Transparency
KUALA LUMPUR: Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has refuted the index issued by the United Kingdom International Transparency which places Malaysia in the category 'D-' in terms of government policy in handling irregularities and corrupt practices in the defence sector.
He said the report issued by the UK International Transparency was clearly biased when they themselves determined the standard for the study carried out right from the start.
"That (the report) is their own opinion and is not necessarily true. “That is their (UK Internatioanal Transparency) perception because they decided the standard (for the study) right from the start.
“And if you learn the methodology of research, this is a biased method of research," he said at a media conference after launching the 1ACP (1 Active Career Planning) and the career portal WWW.Kerjayaveteran.my, here Tuesday.
In this respect, he said his ministry would issue a statement refuting what had been reported by the UK International Transparency.
On Jan 29, UK International Transparency issued the index report on the policy of a country in tackling irregularities and corrupt practices in the defence sector and had placed Malaysia in the 'D-' category in the index issued. United Kingdom International Transparency had outlined seven standards of indices issued by them namely "A, B, C, D+, D-, E and F" where Australia and Germany are placed in the A category while Algeria, Angola, Yemen, Egypt, Syria, Cameroon, Libya and the Republic of Congo are in the 'F' category.
Meanwhile on another development, Ahmad Zahid said his ministry had created a second career programme for future Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) veterans who would be retiring in the next three years by providing various training that would offer career opportunities to more than 30,000 potential veterans by the year 2020.
"The programme was planned to ensure that the veterans have a second career and subsequently raise their standard of living and socio-economy," he said. - Bernama