The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) is an index published annually by Transparency International since 1995 which ranks countries “by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys.” The CPI generally defines corruption as “the misuse of public power for private benefit”.
The CPI currently ranks 176 countries “on a scale from 100 (very clean) to 0 (highly corrupt)”. Denmark, New Zealand, and Finland are perceived as the least corrupt nations in the world, ranking consistently high among international financial transparency, while the most perceived corrupt country in the world is Somalia, ranking at 9–10 out of 100 since 2017. South Sudan is also perceived as one of the most corrupted countries in the world due to constant social and economic crises, ranking an average score of 13 out of 100 in 2018.
23 February 2018
22 February 2018
Minister: CPI ranking ‘fair indication’ of corruption level in public sector
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 22 — Malaysia’s latest global ranking in Transparency International’s (TI) annual Corruption Perception Index (CPI) is a fair indication of the perceived level of corruption in the public sector, a minister has said.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan said the government would take action on two key fronts — enforcement and prevention.
He also commended the Malaysian-Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) on its efforts but said the high profile activities of the MACC over 2017 could have contributed to the country’s downgrade, going from 55th place out of 180 countries to 62nd.
“The commission has over the past year has shown its strong commitment to reinforcing the MACC Act by making numerous arrests, including many high profile individuals.
“The high degree of publicity and exposure given by the MACC to these cases, especially over the last year may create a more negative perception which could have contributed to the drop in CPI Score and ranking,” he said.
Low added that the government would work towards long-term and sustainable preventative programmes and initiatives.
“Our preventative initiatives have focused on improving our institutional governance infrastructure and building a strong organisational culture of honesty and accountability within the public sector.
“We have expanded the Integrity and Governance Division to the new Integrity and Governance Department,” he said.