Cambodia was the most corrupt country in Southeast Asia in 2015, the latest iteration of an influential annual study has found.
According to corruption watchdog Transparency International’s 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released last week, Cambodia recorded the worst possible score among Southeast Asian countries, with a dismal 21 out of a possible 100 points. The index, which measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption, placed Cambodia at 150th worldwide in the study of 168 countries, tied with African nations Zimbabwe and Burundi.
While Cambodia’s score was the same as that recorded in 2014, the country’s ranking as the region’s most corrupt was the product of improvements in Myanmar, which saw a one-point bump to an overall score of 22.
Within Southeast Asia, Singapore was again recorded as the least corrupt country in the region as well as the eighth least corrupt in the world in 2015, with a score of 85. Singapore was followed by Malaysia (50), Thailand (38), Indonesia (36), the Philippines (35), Vietnam (31), Timor-Leste (28), Laos (25), and then Myanmar and Cambodia. Brunei was not included in the index.
Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia were the bottom 3 countries, Denmark, Finland and Sweden were the least corrupt.