Cor­rup­tion at low­est level in a decade: PERC sur­vey

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wan was ranked No. 6 in Asia-Pa­cific in terms of per­ceived ab­sence of cor­rup­tion, the best rank­ing in a decade for Tai­wan, ac­cord­ing to the Po­lit­i­cal and Eco­nomic Risk Con­sul­tancy (PERC).

On a scale of 0 to 10, with a higher score mean­ing more se­ri­ous cor­rup­tion, Tai­wan re­ceived a 5 this year, bet­ter than last year’s 5.31.

Tai­wan was ranked sixth in the re­gion. The top five spots were taken in se­quence, by Sin­ga­pore, Ja­pan, Hong Kong, Ma­cau and Malaysia.

The rank­ing was pub­lished on April 1 in PERC’s Asia In­tel­li­gence. The con­sul­tancy con­ducted a sur­vey on Tai­wan na­tion­als as well as for­eign­ers.

Some 60 per­cent said there has been less cor­rup­tion in the past year, 30 per­cent said the level of cor­rup­tion has stayed about the same, and 10 per­cent said the cor­rup­tion prob­lem is get­ting worse.

Tai­wan’s rank­ing is in­dica­tive of the gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to elim­i­nate cor­rup­tion, the Min­istry of Jus­tice’s Agency Against Cor­rup­tion said yes­ter­day, adding that it has filed charges in mul­ti­ple malfea­sance cases while seek­ing se­ri­ous pun­ish­ment.

PERC’s sur­vey found Tai­wan’s sep­a­ra­tion of power sys­tem is run­ning bet­ter than in the past.

Some of the sur­veyed said bribery and cor­rup­tion prob­lems still ex­ist, but en­gag­ing in such acts now en­tails a higher risk since ad­min­is­tra­tive reg­u­la­tions and ju­di­cial pun­ish­ment are now be­ing run more ef­fi­ciently.

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