PETALING JAYA - Malaysia continues to be the safest of the upper-middle income nation in the world, according to the World Justice Project's (WJP) Rule of Law Index 2015 report.
However, Malaysia's standing in the Open Government category in the same report, which looks at accessible and stable laws as well as the right to petition and information, declined from 42nd out of 99 countries in 2014 to 88th out of 102 countries worldwide this year.
Its score dropped from 0.48 in 2014 to 0.43 this year.
Malaysia has held the top spot for Order and Security, which takes into account crime and violence statistics, in its income level since the WJP's first Rule of Law Index in 2011.
The drop in actual score was negligible from 0.87 in 2014 to 0.86 this year.
In the overall Rule of Law Index this year, Malaysia scored the same as last year globally and in the East Asia and Pacific region.
The scores and rankings for the WJP Rule of Law Index 2015 were derived from more than 100,000 household and expert surveys in 102 countries and jurisdictions.
The WJP reports says the index presents a portrait of the rule of law in each country by providing scores and rankings organised around eight factors.