Malaysia's global ranking in Transparency International's (TI) annual Corruption Perception Index (CPI) has declined again, falling to 62 out of 180 countries surveyed a year ago.
Ukraine earned 30 points out of a possible 100 in Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2017 and took 130th position out of 180 countries. This was a slight improvement from 2016 when Thailand scored 35 but still down from 2015 and 2014 when the kingdom was given scores of 38.
It uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupted and 100 is clean.
Many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean were once again perceived as being among the world's most corrupt, according to Transparency International's 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index released on February 21.
New Zealand maintains the No. 1 rank with a score of 89/100, Denmark No. 2 with 88, while Finland, Norway and Switzerland are joint No. 3 with 85.
Among the eight South Asian countries, Bangladesh's position remains second lowest both in score and rank, better than only Afghanistan, the report said.More news: Europa: Ramsey, Ozil to Miss Gunners' Clash with Ostersunds
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The report also said the Philippines, India and the Maldives are among the most corrupt in the Asia Pacific.
The key ingredient that the top performing African countries have in common is political leadership that is consistently committed to anti-corruption.
"While we continue to hold the position of least corrupt country, and already have high standards of conduct and integrity, we must not be complacent", she said.
Also according to the report, while the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested and arraigned several politicians and public servants, it accused the Buhari administration of failing to address corruption among key government officials. Romania has maintained the same score as previous year, namely 48.
It said global donors should also consider press freedom relevant to development aid or access to worldwide organizations. This access helps enhance transparency and accountability while reducing opportunities for corruption.
"No activist or reporter should have to fear for their lives when speaking out against corruption", said Transparency International Managing Director Patricia Moreira. It is important, however, for governments to not only invest in an appropriate legal framework for such laws, but also commit to their implementation.