Papua New Guinea and Cambodia have ranked the lowest of South East Asia and Pacific nations in Transparency International’s 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index released today.
The index scores 183 countries and territories from 0 (highly corrupt) to 10 (very clean) based on perceived levels of public sector corruption. It uses data from 17 surveys that look at factors such as enforcement of anti-corruption laws, access to information and conflicts of interest.
Two thirds of ranked countries score less than 5.
No Pacific Island or South East Asian nation scores over 5, apart from Hong Kong.
Transparency International says corruption continues to plague too many countries around the world, and that some governments “are failing to protect citizens from corruption, be it abuse of public resources, bribery or secretive decision-making.”
New Zealand ranks first overall, followed by Finland and Denmark. Somalia and North Korea (included in the index for the first time), are last.
The full rankings for the Pacific and South East Asia follow:
12 Hong Kong 8.5
60 Malaysia 4.3
69 Samoa 3.9
77 Vanuatu 3.5
80 Thailand 3.4
95 Kiribati 3.1
95 Tonga 3.1
100 Indonesia 3.0
120 Solomon Islands 2.7
129 Philippines 2.6
143 Timor-Leste 2.4
154 Papua New Guinea 2.2
164 Cambodia 2.1