KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's ranking dropped four places in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) last year.
The index, released by Transparency International, showed that Malaysia was ranked 54th out of 168 countries this year compared to 50th out of 175 countries last year.
Malaysia ranked 52 the previous year.
The CPI scores and ranks are determined by the perceived level of corruption in the country's public sector.
Transparency International-Malaysia president Datuk Akhbar Satar said Malaysia's position would be even worse if seven other countries were included in last year's evaluation as their scores were above Malaysia in 2014.
"Despite many steps implemented, the level of corruption experienced in Malaysia does not seem to be decreasing," he said.
Globally, Denmark received the highest rank with a score of 91 followed by Finland (90) and Sweden (89).
Malaysia slides four points down global corruption perception index
Issues surrounding 1Malaysia Development Berhad and the RM2.6bil donation were among reasons why Malaysia slipped four points down the global corruption perception index (CPI).
The survey of the CPI of 168 nations for 2015 revealed the country's score dropped from 52% to 50% compared to 2014 while its ranking slid from 50 to 54.
Transparency International Malaysia president Datuk Akhbar Satar said the recent controversy surrounding 1MDB and the RM2.6bil donations contributed to the drop.
"There were 175 countries that were surveyed last year.
"However, seven countries were not included in the survey which would have pushed our ranking down further," he said during the announcement of the global CPI
Among the nations that scored the top marks were Denmark (91%), Finland (90%), Sweden (89%), New Zealand (88%), Netherlands and Norway (87%).
Among the nations to score the lowest were Angola, South Sudan, Sudan, Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia.
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