Taiwan: Corruption? You Said Corruption?

[See tables below]

According CNA and the today’s Taipei Times, the president is “distressed” after the publication from an organization based in Hong Kong (according the news) and concerning the corruption ranking of Taiwan.

According this publication, Taiwan corruption is even worse than in China!

And poor president…

He is distressed…

He launched a conference and said that he and his administration has nothing to do with that.

“…corruption scandals had occurred when the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was in power…”

In other words, “it’s not us, it’s them”…

That remind me about the economic situation during the presidential campaign and after the election: “Taiwanese economy is so bad, we will save it!” (if you remember, the macroeconomic indicators for Taiwan were not bad at all at that time).

Just some comments: all the current cases involve DPP members, right, but:

  • if I am not wrong, I do not remember that prosecutors made “many” investigations concerning the KMT
  • the president (when he was Taipei mayor) was indicted by prosecutors but the Court cleared him (only a member of his staff were put in jail for receipts forged to let the president get money… scapegoat?)
  • Before the DPP, during the 50 years-KMT-power, there were no corruption?
  • What’s about KMT members indicted for vote buying, just few weeks ago?

My feeling about this “corruption” news:

  • Again and again, the present administration only points the finger at the previous administration, whatever the problem is (just remember by the way, that the KMT had during the DPP presidency, the total majority of the legislative seats…)
  • This news is arriving “at the right” time for the president to let him talk about the actual legal cases.

I tried to find on Internet, some information about this report and the organization which published it.

But I didn’t succeed.

What I got, is the fact that this report is based on a survey of foreign business executives.

It seems that the report by itself is not public (?).

Anyway, I could obtained some details from HeraldSun and The Australian websites.


In a grading system with zero as the best possible score and 10 the worst, Indonesia got 8.32.
Thailand was seen as the second most corrupt country with a grade of 7.63.

Cambodia was seen as the third most corrupt country with a score of 7.25, followed by India with 7.21 and Vietnam with 7.11.

the Philippines had a score of 7.0 to rank sixth from the bottom this year.

It was followed by Malaysia with 6.70, Taiwan with 6.47, China with 6.16, Macau with 5.84, South Korea with 4.64 and Japan with 3.99.

Singapore again topped the survey as Asia’s least corrupt country with a score of 1.07, followed by Hong Kong with 1.89.
Australia scored 2.40 to be in third place followed by the United States with 2.89.


So Malaysia, Taiwan and China are put in the same basket with a slightly better (?) score for China.

That is quite strange…

It’s not what I used to know…

So I went to some websites which at least, are much more “public”, “open” and well-known, like the Asian Development Bank (ADB) or Transparency International (TI).

What I found is quite strange and in total contradiction to this publication from Hong Kong.

First, I chose a report concerning the year 2003 (original file is HERE) from an ADB publication, and here is a snapshot:


You can notice that Taiwan has a much more better score than Malaysia, South Korea and China.

Then, I picked up the report for 2008 from Transparency International which also provided the above 2003 data to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) – Original document could be found HERE.



So now you can compare.

Results are very clear.

So I have no idea how the Hong Kong organization could obtain so different results…

And beside the ranking, you can notice the scores for Malaysia, Taiwan and China: in the report from Hong Kong, these 3 countries are very close.

In the one published by ADB and TI, there are real differences, with for China, a big gap.

Hum Hum…

I do not know about you, but I am more incline to believe the analysis from ADB and Transparency International.



2 Responses

  1. yeah only the 8 years with DPP administration was corrupted
    KMT is totally clean!
    “telling lies with eyes open” (that means lying without feeling any guilt) is their specialty
    reminds me of N. Korean, when there was a crowd celebrating the “successful” launch of the rocket recently (was actually a failure according to Japan and the U.S. military).
    hope Taiwan will not go that far…

  2. JO, you know it!
    KMT is pure and virgin 🙂
    The wrong one is the other one…

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