On Jan. 29, the global graft watchdog Transparency International (TI) released the 2018 Corruption Perception Index (CPI). Indonesia shows marginal improvement as it scores at 38, one point higher than the 2017 score at 37. In Southeast Asia, Indonesia ranks fourth after Singapore ( 85 ), Brunei Darussalam ( 63 ), and Malaysia ( 47 ). Other neighboring countries scoring less than Indonesia include the Philippines ( 36 ), Thailand ( 36 ), and Timor Leste ( 35 ). The release of a new CPI report always makes headlines. However, do we really understand what CPI really means? People refer to the CPI as an indicator of corruption across countries since it was introduced by TI in 1995. As a leading global indicator of public sector corruption, according to TI, the Index sends a powerful message and governments have been forced to consider and act on graft in their countries. A senior partner of an international anti-corruption agency, Global Integrity Group, Stuart Gilman argued that … [Read more...] about Corruption Perception Index: What does it really mean?
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AS WE approach the 14th general election, we see the "silly season" unfold and hot air generated with wasteful energy. At the same time we hear of frantic efforts by all political parties to raise funds for their politicking and electioneering. Huge sums of money are required to finance the political party machinery. The sad part is that we don't know how much is asked for, who is asking and how much is given or forced out of donors and political supporters. We don't know how much is voluntarily given and how much is squeezed out of rich and powerful individuals, companies and corporates or even how much is exacted from foreign countries and multinationals. These questions have now been increasingly raised by most thinking Malaysians and those who are under pressure to donate, even against their will. » Why is there money politics? Donors give political funding because they hope to back the right political horses in the electoral race and then gain from their bets and rewards … [Read more...] about Does money politics constitute corruption?
The south-east Asian country Singapore has clinched many remarkable achievements in the starting of 2018. This list now includes another accomplishment after it was announced the sixth least corrupted country in 2017.The nation with more than 5.5 million of the population has defeated countries like Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Hong Kong, the United States and Japan to achieve the sixth position in Transparency International's (TI) Corruptions Perceptions Index 2017, which was published on Wednesday, Feb 21. This list was created after conducting 13 surveys, which covered expert assessments and views of business people. The measurement for the making the index included the global public sector corruption and then it rated each country from zero to 100.Even though New Zealand achieved the first place in the index with 89 points, in 2016 it scored 90. The second place receiver Denmark achieved 88 points, which is 2 points lesser than previous year's result.Finland, Norway and … [Read more...] about Singapore ranks 6th in Corruptions Perceptions Index 2017
FILE PHOTO: A view of Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) in Malaysia August 15, 2017. Reuters Malaysia has registered its worst-ever performance on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for the year 2017. For the third year in a row, Malaysia slid down the rankings, and landed at the 62nd spot from 55th place the year before. At 47 points, this is the country’s worst performance ever on the CPI since it began in 1995. The CPI ranks countries by perceived levels of public sector corruption on a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is the most corrupt. Compared to other countries in the Asia Pacific region, Malaysia ranked 10, behind South Korea and Brunei Darussalam. New Zealand, Singapore and Australia scored the highest in the region, ranking at first, sixth and 13th place respectively on the global index. Overall, the research found that there was little progress across the region. “In the last six years, only a few countries experienced small, … [Read more...] about Malaysia falls to 62nd spot on Corruption Perception Index – its worst-ever on the ranking
Singapore improved by one position while the score remained the same at 84 points in the latest Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index. Pixabay Singapore has attained the 6th position among 180 in the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2017. The country improved by one position while the score remained the same at 84 points, said a statement from the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) on Thursday (Feb 22). The CPI ranks and measures countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption and the 2017 index was put together based on 13 surveys covering expert assessments and views of business people. Countries are then scored on a scale of zero, for highly corrupt, to 100, for very clean. Singapore is the only Asian country to make the list’s Top 10. New Zealand attained the 1st position with a score of 89 points. CPIB said in the statement: “The corruption situation in Singapore remains under control … [Read more...] about Singapore moves up one position to rank 6th in global corruption perceptions index