Thailand ranks 101 in global corruption index

Thailand’s score in Transparency International’s 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index stands at 36 out of 100 for a second year, though its ranking has dropped from 99 to 101. The country shares the ranking with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Panama, and Peru. Its corruption score rose from 35 in 2016 to 37 in 2017 before dropping a point again in 2018.

Meanwhile, Denmark and New Zealand ranked as the least corrupt with a score of 87, followed by Finland at 86 and Singapore, Switzerland, and Sweden at 85 points. Singapore tops Asia and Asean as the least corrupt.

Mana Nimitmongkol, secretary-general of the Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand, said graft is rife in Thailand due to bureaucracy in state agencies.

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