S'pore 3rd most corrupt-free country in the world in 2018

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Belmont Lay | January 29, 2019, 10:09 PM

Singapore has emerged as the third most corrupt-free country in the world in 2018.

This is three spots higher than the sixth place ranking in 2017, according to Transparency International (TI), an international non-governmental organisation.

85 points out of 100

Singapore scored 85 points out of 100 in the Corruption Perception Index.

The index ranks and measures countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption.

TI measures public sector corruption using rates of bribery, diversion of public funds and conflicts of interest.

In 2017, Singapore scored 84.

Denmark top

Top spot went to Denmark as the most corrupt-free country at 88 points.

New Zealand was ranked second at 87 points.

Finland was tied with Singapore at third place.

Best in Asia

Singapore is the most corrupt-free country in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) said in a media statement on Tuesday, Jan. 29, that the corruption situation in Singapore “remains under control” as there are “low numbers” of complaints received and cases registered for investigation.

An average of eight public sector employees were prosecuted for corruption and related offences over the last three years, according to CPIB director Denis Tang.

Other South-east Asian countries:

61st: Malaysia

89th: Indonesia

99th: Thailand

99th: Philippines

117th: Vietnam

132nd: Myanmar

Other Asia-Pacific countries/ territories:

13th: Australia

14th: Hong Kong

18th: Japan

31st: Taiwan

45th: South Korea

78th: India

87th: China