Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Singapore Still Least Corrupt Country In Asia. Malaysia Mediocre As Usual

Just like last year, Singapore has been ranked the fourth least corrupt country in a global corruption survey.

It also retains its status as Asia's least corrupt country on the Corruption Perceptions Index, released yesterday by Transparency International (TI).

Conducted annually by the Berlin-based non-governmental corruption watchdog, the index studies the level of public sector corruption in 180 countries and ranks them according to scores. A score of 10 indicates highly clean and 0 means highly corrupt.

It defines corruption as the abuse of public office for private gain and measures the degree to which corruption is perceived to exist among public officials and politicians.

In this year's index, Singapore scores 9.2, behind joint-leaders Denmark, Sweden and New Zealand, all of which obtained a 9.3 score. At the other end are Somalia (1.0), Iraq and Myanmar (1.3) and Haiti (1.4).

Asian economies which placed significantly are Hong Kong (12th), Japan (18th), Taiwan (39th), South Korea (40th) and Malaysia (47th).

Last year, Singapore was ranked joint-fourth with Sweden, behind Denmark, Finland and New Zealand. It came in fifth from 2003 to 2006.

Dr Johann Graf Lambsdorff of the University of Passau in Germany, who draws up the index, said Singapore's long tradition of strong oversight is an example for best practices in Asia.

Mr Liao Ran, TI's senior programme coordinator for East and South Asia, said factors contributing to Singapore's ranking included a strong commitment from political leaders; education, which has bred a culture of integrity among citizens; a sound and comprehensive legal framework; and an effective anti-corruption agency.

TI said the index continues to show there is a link between corruption and poverty. It also underlines the benefits of fighting corruption.

'Evidence suggests that an improvement in the index by one point increases capital inflows by 0.5 per cent of a country's gross domestic product and average incomes by as much as 4 per cent,' Dr Lambsdorff said.

TI also said the index shows that wealthy countries such as France and the United Kingdom, whose scores have slipped, need to step up their anti-corruption mechanisms.

Professor Neo Boon Siong, director of the Asia Competitiveness Institute of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, said Singapore's fourth position was a significant achievement.

A good ranking helps attract investments as it makes doing business here more predictable and cheaper, he said.

As to whether Singapore can reach the top of the index, he said: 'The real difference among the top leaders is not very wide. The actual ranking itself is not the main issue, because being ranked among the top few is a clear recognition the country is corruption-free.'

The index is computed with data from 13 corruption-related polls and surveys carried out this and last year by institutions like the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report. (Straits Times, Singapore)

***** Statements like
'strong commitment from political leaders, culture of integrity and an effective anti-corruption agency' are alien concepts to the ketuanan-obsessed mutton heads who rule Malaysia. No wonder the score is Singapore - 4, Malaysia - 47. Malaysia Boleh!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

No doubt especially when we have SODOMIST and PKR who so blatantly declared he using money to bribe other MP to cross over.

So, let us pray that the Sodomist will be sumbat into jail.

With RPK in jail, we can expect the courruption index will improve. Less one blatant liar, more peaceful maaa...

~ Leno ~

11:39 AM GMT+8  
Blogger kopitelp16 said...

So, PM, DPM and all those UMNOputras racist goons are cleaner? Most politicians are corrupt. They abuse their powers. RPK spoke the truth and his reward is a 2 year free stay at Kamunting courtesy of BN gov. That's not corrupt?

11:56 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous devil wears prada said...

the govt had to do something regarding this matter.the ACA have to be more proactive in dealing with corruption.

but the society also have to help the ACA and the govt.the society also must learn to reject any corruption that we know of.

learn from other countries on how they control the level of corruption from rising each year.the best country dealing with corruption is Denmark.

1:07 PM GMT+8  
Blogger end said...

Malaysia tak berganjak?

nak kata salah kerajaan pun tak guna juga selagi ada orang perseorangan dan pihak yang mengamalkan rasuah.hendak memerangani rasuah bukan hanya takat kerajaan je yang kena buat.semua pihak kena bekerjasama untuk membendung rasuah.

1:41 PM GMT+8  
Blogger kopitelp16 said...

So, sending another big batch of MPs to Denmark for a anti-corruption study tour? Hmm... that'll be interesting.

3:37 PM GMT+8  
Blogger youth attack said...

corruption is a Malaysia is in the 47th place.we dont wanna Malaysia to fall down more.

everyone should participate to curb this diseases.the cure is easy actually but it's up to us to make the initial move.

some people only think about and some other more think about integrity.some peope think about gaining more and some other think about the safety of them self and their loved ones.

4:27 PM GMT+8  
Blogger kevin said...

I am shocked to know that singapore is still least corrupt country in asia. Singapore needs to keep this status stable and try to reduce their corruption and try to reach at 1st place in most least corrupt country.

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6:57 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Johan said...

"TI said the index continues to show there is a link between corruption and poverty."

Singapore's govt servants' pay are compatible with the private sector. Perhaps we should narrow the gap between public and private sectors' pay. The cabinet of Singapore is one of the highest paid in the world. MM Lee argued when he was PM that the PM should be paid as high as the CEO of the top companies in the country. So too the cabinet.

So perhaps we should think about what we are prepared to do to reduce corruption. The corruption will not be reduced in 1 day or 1 year. But if we are prepared to bite the bullet and take the first step, perhaps we can see an improved rating in 5 years or so.


1:58 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At the other end are Somalia (1.0), Iraq and Myanmar (1.3) and Haiti (1.4). Wow! We are better than these countries?!
With Brain Dead UMNO supporters like Leno (Anonymous 11:39am) what do you expect?!

9:08 PM GMT+8  
Blogger dano said...

tak apa lah as long as ketuanan melayu is protected.

2:15 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its an open secret in Malaysia,
corruptions is rampant, from the Office Peon to the Prime Minister, they are all Doggy.

1:54 PM GMT+8  

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