[Nota: Malaysia lebih selamat dari Singapura? Bila Lim Guan Eng nak buat kenyataan bahawa jika orang Malaysia masuk Singapura, ada kemungkinan mereka akan diculik dan dibom oleh pengganas? Rupanya selepas Australia, Malaysia adalah negara ke-4 terselamat di rantau ini! Dari segi pengiktirafan, nyatanya berdasarkan GPI, GCR dan WJP Rule of Law Index, Malaysia diiktiraf sebagai sebuah negara yang aman, selamat dan berdaya saing oleh komuniti antarabangsa. Tahniah kerajaan Barisan Nasional dan rakyat Malaysia! Jangan biarkan gerakan haram seperti Bersih menghancurkannya!]
MALAYSIA - Malaysia has been moving up the rankings of various international indexes. Albeit at a slow pace, change is nonetheless happening and this positive change has been recognised by independent bodies outside of Malaysia.
The fifth edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI), which was conducted by the Sydney-based Institute for Economics and Peace, found Malaysia to be the most peaceful country in Southeast Asia and the fourth safest in the Asia Pacific region behind New Zealand, Japan and Australia.
Announced in May, the index also found Malaysia to be the 19th safest and most peaceful out of 153 countries around the globe.
The index is composed of 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators of respected sources, which combined internal and external factors ranging from level of military expenditure to its relations with neighbouring countries and respect for human rights.
These indicators were selected by an international panel of academics, businessmen, philanthropists and members of peace institutions for a year from March 15 last year.
The team has used the latest available figures from a wide range of respected sources, including the International Institute of Strategic Studies, the World Bank, various UN offices and peace institutes and the Economist Intelligence Unit.
According to the index report, Malaysia experienced an improvement in its GPI score for the fifth successive year and it rose by three places to 19th, supplanting Singapore as the highest-ranked Southeast Asian nation in last year's GPI.
This year, Malaysia's growing peacefulness reflected a rise in political stability, and improving relations with neighbouring countries (notably Singapore and China).
Malaysia ranked 21st, S'pore 2nd in terms of global competitiveness
The Global Competitiveness Report (GCR) by the World Economic Forum (WEF), which is based in Geneva, Switzerland, ranked Malaysia 21st this year, up from 26th last year. This puts Malaysia ahead of nations such as South Korea and New Zealand in the report, which covered 142 countries.
Singapore is ranked second behind Switzerland, and overtakes Sweden for second position in the GCR Report 2011 - 2012. The rest of the top 10 list is dominated by Europoean countries with Sweden (3rd), Finland (4th), Germany (6th), the Netherlands (7th), Denmark (8th) and the United Kingdom (10th). Meanwhile, the United States continues its decline for the third year in a row, falling one more place to fifth position.
In the Asia-Pacific region, Malaysia is ranked sixth (from eighth last year) while Singapore is ranked first, followed by Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia.
Malaysia achieves a score of 5.08 (compared with 4.88 last year) out of a maximum of seven, and the GCR noted that the higher ranking this year was due to "improvements across the board".
The country's ranking in the sub-category of "Business cost of Crime and Violence", improved 30 positions from 93 last year to 63 this year.
Malaysia's progress in institutions and macroeconomic environment particularly noteworthy
According to the report, Malaysia's progress was particularly noteworthy in the institutions and macroeconomic environment pillars.
Among the prominent advantages of this strong and consistent performance are an efficient and sound financial sector, which placed it among the world's most developed, just behind Singapore and Hong Kong.
In the World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index 2011, Malaysia was ranked as the safest among 19 upper-middle income countries and 12th globally.
The project is supported by a host of globally renown foundations and associations, including the Neukom Family Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and LexisNexis.
The index provides detailed information and original data regarding a variety of dimensions of the rule of law, which enables stakeholders to assess a nation's adherence to the rule of law in practice, identify a nation's strengths and weaknesses in comparison to other countries, and track changes over time.
Back home, the National Current Issues survey by the International Islamic University Malaysia found that six issues concerned Malaysians the most in 2010 and 2011, namely economics, politics, social issues, crime, unity and illegal immigrants.
Crime continues to be the biggest concern but the percentage has dropped dramatically this year from 33 per cent last year to 21 per cent.
Statistics released by the General Insurance Association of Malaysia found that there had been a drop reported in vehicle thefts, based on the number of claims it received.
Last year, PIAM received 38,897 reports of stolen vehicles, down from 42,136 reports in 2009
GPI rankings for analysed countries
(Countries most at peace are ranked first. A total of 153 countries were ranked in this exercise.)
2 New Zealand
5 Czech Republic
26 United Kingdom
30 Viet Nam