South­east Asia strug­gles with cor­rup­tion

The Pak Banker - - BUSINESS -

LAOS: Three South­east Asian na­tions Cam­bo­dia, Laos and Myan­mar rank among the 30 most cor­rupt coun­tries in the world, while one -- Sin­ga­pore -- is among the 10 least cor­rupt, ac­cord­ing to Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional's an­nual sur­vey. Two South­east Asian coun­tries -- Malaysia and the Philip­pines -- were seen as be­com­ing more cor­rupt last year, while the oth­ers all im­proved or re­mained the same, ac­cord­ing to the Cor­rup­tion Per­cep­tion In­dex re­leased Wed­nes­day.

"If there was one com­mon chal­lenge to unite the Asi­aPa­cific re­gion, it would be cor­rup­tion," Sri­rak Pli­pat, Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional's re­gional di­rec­tor, said in a state­ment. "From cam­paign pledges to me­dia cov­er­age to civil so­ci­ety fo­rums, cor­rup­tion dom­i­nates dis­cus­sion. Yet de­spite all this talk, there's lit­tle sign of ac­tion." The in­dex tracks per­cep­tions of pub­lic sec­tor cor­rup­tion in 168 na­tions and the watch­dog says it's cal­cu­lated based on ex­pert opin­ions. Each na­tion is as­signed a score in which less cor­rup­tion gets a higher num­ber. This year's sur­vey puts Den­mark on top with a score of 91 and North Korea and So­ma­lia at the bot­tom, each with eight. The top scor­ing South­east Asia na­tion is Sin­ga­pore, com­ing in at 85, which ranked the is­land the eighth least-cor­rupt na­tion in the world. It scored 84 the year be­fore.

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