Empirical Assessment of Good Governance in the Public Sector of Malaysia

Maizatul, A.K., Alam, M.M., and Said, J. 2016. Empirical Assessment of the Good Governance in the Public Sectors of Malaysia. Economics and Sociology, Vol. 9(4), pp. 289-304.

17 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2017

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Maizatul Khalid

Kolej Poly-Tech Mara

Md. Mahmudul Alam

Universiti Utara Malaysia

Jamaliah Said

Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

To improve the trust of citizens and delivery of services, employing good governance principles in the public sector is very crucial. Despite efforts to improve service delivery, criticisms and complains toward public services remain evident. This study aims to assess the status of good governance practices in the public sector of Malaysia. Primary data were collected from the responses of 109 department heads under 24 federal ministries to a survey questionnaire. Respondent perception of good governance practices was measured using a seven-point Likert scale and analyzed by descriptive statistics and path measurement modeling. Standard diagnostic tests were also conducted to check the reliability of the data and model. Results indicated that nine factors were significant in the measurement of good governance practices. However, very few people in the public sector of Malaysia practice fraud control, which is at the lowest intensity. Among the service groups, the engineer group practiced good governance at the highest level, whereas the health service group practiced good governance at the lowest level. Therefore, still there are scopes available to improve good governance systems to become more reliable and efficient public sector in Malaysia. Findings of the study will help policy makers improve the efficiency of the public sector of Malaysia and other countries.

Keywords: Public Sector; Good Governance; Path Measurement Model; Factor Analysis; Malaysia

JEL Classification: L20, M10, G30

Suggested Citation

Khalid, Maizatul and Alam, Md. Mahmudul and Said, Jamaliah, Empirical Assessment of Good Governance in the Public Sector of Malaysia (2016). Maizatul, A.K., Alam, M.M., and Said, J. 2016. Empirical Assessment of the Good Governance in the Public Sectors of Malaysia. Economics and Sociology, Vol. 9(4), pp. 289-304. . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2943396

Maizatul Khalid

Kolej Poly-Tech Mara ( email )

Level 4 & 5, Jalan 7/91, Taman Shamelin Perkasa
Cheras
Kuala Lumpur, 56100
Malaysia

Md. Mahmudul Alam (Contact Author)

Universiti Utara Malaysia ( email )

Sintok, Kedah
Malaysia

Jamaliah Said

Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) ( email )

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