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Empirical Assessment of Good Governance in the Public Sector of Malaysia

Vol. 9, No 4, 2016

Maizatul Akmar Khalid,


Kolej Universiti Poly-Tech MARA,

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,



Md. Mahmudul Alam,


Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia,


Jamaliah Said,


Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia,




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.


Received: April, 2016

1st Revision: September, 2016

Accepted: October, 2016


DOI: 10.14254/2071- 789X.2016/9-4/18

JEL Classification: L20, M10, G30

Keywords: public sector, good governance, path measurement model, factor analysis, Malaysia.