Expats share their views on corruption in Malaysia

Andrew Davison shares the findings of the Expat group’s recent survey on resident expats’ views on corruption in Malaysia.

As can be seen from the chart, virtually all the respondents thought that corruption was a problem in Malaysia, with over 40% thinking it was a significant problem.

The vast majority of respondents feel that the current levels of corruption have an impact on foreign investment, with nearly 40% of expats thinking it will have a big impact. Many expats are in a position to influence investment decisions so clearly they need to be convinced things are changing.

Expats who have lived in Malaysia over two years were asked if they felt the situation had improved since they arrived here. The overwhelming majority felt that the situation was essentially unchanged from their arrival. Only 11% felt the situation was improving, while 17% thought the situation had worsened since they arrived.

About Greg Lopez

Greg Lopez is a research fellow at Murdoch University's School of Management and Governance, and New Mandala’s Malaysia and Singapore section editor.