Corruption is more dangerous than nuclear!
I write this letter to congratulate countries that have done very well in the latest World’s Corruption Perception rankings.
Let me first congratulate Denmark, Finland and New Zealand for obtaining the highest score of 90 and tying for the first place, then Singapore for leading the Asian countries with the score of 87 and finishing third behind Sweden with 88 in the total of 176 countries surveyed.
Some analysts have disputed the score of 86 given to Switzerland is not right, arguing in fact, it encourages corruption across the world, so that all corrupt people would keep their ill-gotten money in Swiss banks and many die even without taking a cent from it. Such money may be accounted as ‘other income’ in the bank!
In the meantime, let us see how the SAARC countries have fared in the survey; Sri Lanka with a score of 40 leading but placed 79th in the list, followed by India 36 placed 94th, Pakistan with 27, placed 139th and Bangladesh with 26, placed 144th out of 176 countries.
Asian countries have a long way to go with these deplorable ratings.
I very well remember what a Russian activist, who was fighting corruption in his country, once said; ‘corruption is more dangerous than nuclear’. Corruption can happen anywhere when politicians put their own interests above those of the public, when officials demand money and favors from citizens for services that should be free.
- Asian Tribune -