TAIPEI - Taiwan was ranked No. 6 in Asia-Pacific in terms of perceived absence of corruption, the best ranking in a decade for Taiwan, according to the Political and Economic Risk Consultancy (PERC).
On a scale of 0 to 10, with a higher score meaning more serious corruption, Taiwan received a 5 this year, better than last year's 5.31.
Taiwan was ranked sixth in the region. The top five spots were taken in sequence, by Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau and Malaysia.
The ranking was published on April 1 in PERC's Asia Intelligence. The consultancy conducted a survey on Taiwan nationals as well as foreigners.
Some 60 per cent said there has been less corruption in the past year, 30 per cent said the level of corruption has stayed about the same, and 10 per cent said the corruption problem is getting worse.
Taiwan's ranking is indicative of the government's efforts to eliminate corruption, the Ministry of Justice's Agency Against Corruption said yesterday, adding that it has filed charges in multiple malfeasance cases while seeking serious punishment.
PERC's survey found Taiwan's separation of power system is running better than in the past.
Some of the surveyed said bribery and corruption problems still exist, but engaging in such acts now entails a higher risk since administrative regulations and judicial punishment are now being run more efficiently.