Thailand's corruption rating worsens

Thailand's corruption rating worsens

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on stage campaigning against corruption, on International Anti-corruption Day on Dec 9, 2019, at Muang Thong Thani. Thailand subsequently dropped six places to 110th in the 2021 corruption perception index released on Tuesday. (Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya)
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on stage campaigning against corruption, on International Anti-corruption Day on Dec 9, 2019, at Muang Thong Thani. Thailand subsequently dropped six places to 110th in the 2021 corruption perception index released on Tuesday. (Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya)

Thailand fell six places in the latest Corruption Perceptions Index, released on Tuesday by Transparency International.

The country was placed 110th with a score of 35 out of 100  in the 2021 survey, a drop from 104th a year ago, when it also scored one more point.


The index uses a scale of zero to 100, with zero meaning highly corrupt and 100 points meaning almost free of corruption.

The 2021 report did not provide details, but Thailand was far below the global average score of 45.

The anti-corruption agency only said countries in the Asia-Pacific region needed to make more effort to tackle corruption.

Thailand's latest score matched its lowest point in 2013 and 2017. The country's score of 36 was stable for 2019-2020.

Singapore was the top performer in Southeast Asia and fourth least corrupt in the world with a score of 85. Malaysia was also ahead of Thailand.

Denmark, Finland, New Zealand shared the top position with a score of 88, while Norway and Sweden were placed equal with Singapore.

The most corrupt country was South Sudan, at last place among 180 countries. Its score was only 11.

Vocabulary

  • corrupt (adj.): (people) willing to use their power to do dishonest or illegal things in return for money or to get an advantage - (ผู้)ทุจริต, (ผู้)โกง
  • corruption (n): dishonest or illegal behaviour, especially of people in authority -
  • detail (noun): the small facts or features of something - รายละเอียด, ส่วนเล็กๆ น้อยๆ, ส่วนย่อย
  • effort: an attempt to do something - ความพยายาม
  • rating: a measurement of how good or popular someone or something is - การประเมิน
  • survey: the act of asking for and recording information - การสำรวจ, การหาข้อมูล
  • tackle: to make an organised and determined attempt to deal with a problem - จัดการกับปัญหา
  • worsen (verb): to get worse, to make worse - เลวลง, แย่ลง, ทรุดลง
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