Transparency International has published its 2017 report of global corruption barometer entitled “People and Corruption : Asia Pacific.” It estimates that more than 900 million people across the 16 surveyed places had paid a bribe in the past year when trying to access basic services such as education or healthcare.
Bribery rates for countries vary considerably across the region – from 0.2 per cent in Japan to 69 per cent in India.
The bribery rate for Thailand is 41 per cent compared to rate for Cambodia and Myanmar 40 per cent. Vietnam’s rate is 65 per cent, while rates for Indonesia and Malaysia are 32 per cent and 23 per cent respectively. The bribery rate for China is 26 per cent.
Transparency International said that it spoke to nearly 22,000 people about their recent experiences with corruption in 16 countries and territories in the Asia Pacific region.
It also noted that public-sector graft is a crime that affects men and women, young and old, rich and poor, and must be urgently addressed in order to further social progress in the region.