But Malaysians should not feel so bad, since the global index indicates that over two-thirds of the 176 countries and territories in this year’s index fall below the midpoint of TI’s scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).
The global average score is a paltry 43, indicating endemic corruption in a country’s public sector, says TI.
Top-scoring countries are far outnumbered by orange and red countries where citizens face the tangible impact of corruption on a daily basis.
When asked whether the public perceived an increase in corruption in Malaysia in the recent years, a whopping 59% said yes, they thought it had increased in the country.
However, in the list of the red-zone – see picture – Malaysia is placed third behind China and Indonesia.
Singapore does the honours for the Asean, ranking 7th (least corrupt) in the list of 176 countries, with a score of 84% (Very Clean).
Malaysia is ranked 55th on the list, with a score of 49% (least clean), but this is the in line with the global standard!
Indonesia is ranked 90th with a score of 37%, which is very poor indeed.
Thailand is ranked 101th with a score of 35%.
And the list goes on…
Read it here: http://www.transparency.org/country/