The release of CPI 2007 was met with some trumpet-blowing by our officials for a marginal inching up in ranking from 44 in 2006 to the present 43.
I am all for the better show in our transparency and all my fellow Malaysians have every good cause to join me in giving thumbs up to our government for the commendable efforts. After all, this is a u-turn for Malaysia in CPI ranking.
But what perturbs me is that whenever our international rankings are less favourable to us, our officials would act fast to put blame on criteria in use as being unfair to our nation. In the event of a better show like in the case of CPI 2007, our officials would blow trumpet.
Can we not learn to take all international rankings with an open mind?