BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Brunei is now the 31st least corrupted among 180 countries, according to the latest Corruption Perception Index (CPI) released by Transparency International.
The index compiled by the international observer showed that the sultanate has moved up a rank from its previous position (32nd) in 2017. Brunei now shares the same spot with Taiwan after both countries scored 63 out of 100 points in the latest CPI.
The chart which rated the extend of corruption in each nation from zero to 100 – where zero being highly corrupt and 100 being very clean.
Transparency International in its website added that more than two-thirds of countries score below 50 on last year’s CPI, with an average score of 43.
The international observer also revealed the continued failure of most countries to significantly control corruption to have contributed to a “crisis in democracy” around the world.
While there are exception and progress, the international observer added that most countries are failing to make serious inroads against corruption based on the data it has collected.
Since its inception in 1995, the Corruption Perceptions Index, Transparency International’s flagship research product, has become the leading global indicator of public sector corruption.
The index offers an annual snapshot of the relative degree of corruption by ranking countries and territories from all over the globe.
The 2018 CPI draws on 13 surveys and expert assessments to measure public sector corruption in 180 countries and territories.
Meanwhile, Denmark took the top spot by retaining its 88 points, while New Zealand fell second after losing two points to 87 from the previous year. Finland, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland shared the third place with 85 points.
The bottom five countries in the latest index were Sudan (16 points), North Korea and Yemen (14 points each), South Sudan and Syria (13 points) and Somalia (10 points).
For ASEAN countries, Singapore ranked first, followed by Brunei, Malaysia (61st), Indonesia (89th), Philippines and Thailand (36th), Vietnam (117th), Laos and Myanmar (132nd) and Cambodia (161st).