Malaysia is now ranked 61st least corrupt country in the world, up 1 spot from last year

Changes on the horizon?

Transparency International (TI) has released its yearly Corruption Perception Index (CPI) and Malaysia ranks 61, drawing a tie with Cuba and Romania.

However, Malaysia maintains a corruption score of 47 (with 100 being the least corrupt) as last year.

This indicates that through TI’s benchmarks, Malaysia is just as corrupt as it was last year.

Malaysia’s score has dropped steadily in the past. In 2015, Malaysia ranked 54 among 168 countries, with a score of 50. In 2016 Malaysia ranked 55 out of 176 countries, with a score of 49 out of 100——and they were doing so good.

Through nine survey sources, the index reflects the perception of public sector corruption by experts and business people.

Citing time limitations as a reason to explain the dismal score,

“For this year, it is still too early because the government took over about seven months ago,”

— Datuk Seri Akhbar Satar, President of Transparency International-Malaysia (TI-M)

He also announced that the country will be taking various steps to thwart corruption.

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Just today, PM Mahathir launched an ambitious anti-graft plan with 115 initiatives which including mandatory asses declaration by parliament members.

Worryingly, more than 120 countries scored less than 50 this year. Does this possibly indicate a global crisis in democracy?

Singapore maintains its spot, ranked as the third most ethical country in the world. This ties them alongside Finland, Switzerland and Sweden, all of which scored a high number of 85.

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