Indonesia seen to be 'slightly' less corrupt – new survey
Its CPI score, though, is still at a low of 34 out of a possible 100. By contrast, neighboring Malaysia has a score of 52 and sits at 50th place, while Singapore is ranked 7th with a score of 84. The Philippines ranked 85th with a score of 38.
But TI Indonesia noted that Indonesia's CPI score was an improvement from the 32 it got both in 2012 and 2013.
"This increase in score should be appreciated as the result of the combined efforts of the government, civil society and businesses to eradicate corruption," TII Indonesia said on its official Twitter account.
Still, more work needs to be done, and the watchdog pointed to political corruption as the root of the country's political problems.
"Political corruption has affected economic growth and access to welfare for all Indonesian citizens," TI Indonesia secretary general Dadang Trisasongko was quoted as saying.
Two-thirds of countries included in the survey scored below 50.
For 2014, Denmark emerged as the country perceived to be least corrupt in the world with a score of 92 points, while North Korea and Somali are seen as the most corrupt, both scoring 8 points.
The biggest losers are China (36 points), Turkey (45 points) and Angola (19 points), as their scores dropped by 4 to 5 points despite an average economic growth of more than 4% over the last 4 years.
Transparency International chair José Ugaz said the results of the 2014 CPI shows that "economic growth is undermined and efforts to stop corruption fade when leaders and high level officials abuse power to appropriate public funds for personal gain."
Transparency International noted that China dropped in its ranking despite an anti-corruption campaign targeting officials who hide ill-gotten wealth overseas.
The survey gathers expert views on corruption from bodies such as the World Bank, African Development Bank, Economist Intelligence Unit, Bertelsmann Foundation, Freedom House, and other groups. – Rappler.com