Malaysia among top 6 most corrupt in Asean

Screen grab from TI's website

While it is not a great score – since the Asean has only 10 member nations – Malaysia finds itself in the sixth spot in the corruption index of Transparency International or TI.

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…

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