Sri Lanka becomes more corrupt

2017-01-25 13:10:57

Sri Lanka ranked at 95 in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2016, dropping down the rank by 12 slots when compared to 2015.

The report released by Transparency International, the global movement against corruption, ranks countries according to the perceived level of public sector corruption.

Sri Lanka was ranked at 95 out of 176 counties with a poor score of 36 when compared to 2015 when the country was ranked at 83 among 168 countries.

Denmark together with New Zealand topped the list with a score of 90 followed by Finland, Sweden and Switzerland ranked 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively, as the least corrupt countries.

India was ranked the least corrupt in the South Asian region with a score of 40 and was ranked at 79 in the overall index. Following India, Sri Lanka and Maldives were jointly ranked at 95.

The ranks based on a scoring system that ranges between 0 (public sector perceived as highly corrupt) to 100 (public sector perceived as very clean).

The Corruption Perceptions Index aggregates data from a number of different sources such as the business community and country experts on the level of corruption in the public sector. CPI 2016 is calculated using 13 different data sources from 12 different institutions that capture perceptions of corruption within the past two years.

Globally, the data reveals that a staggering 69 percent of the 176 countries scored below 50 in the 2016 CPI, indicating high levels of perceived public sector corruption prevalent throughout the world. 2016 also marks an alarming trend where more countries declined rather than improved in the overall performance.

Executive Director of Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) Asoka Obeyesekere said that despite the passing of the Right to Information Act and the adoption of the Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, Sri Lanka was yet to see anti-corruption rhetoric which would lead to strong action.

He said a legislative reform agenda alone is insufficient to put an end to impunity. Controversies such as the Bond issue, the alleged Australian corruption scandal implicating the President and delays in corruption related prosecutions have raised serious questions about the government’s commitment towards ‘yahapalanaya’ and anti-corruption.

Obeyesekere added that “it is often forgotten that the 19th Amendment gave CIABOC (the Bribery Commission) the power to institute prosecutions – therefore beyond the government the public must hold the Independent Commission to account”.(DS)

  Comments - 75

  • Jehan Wednesday, 25 January 2017 13:50

    Here we go, a government full of lies , Go yahapalanaya go

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    Jilla Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:17

    They need to stop protecting Rajapaksa crooks when evidence is in borad day light!

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    Hikz Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:59

    The govt has less corruption cases but it won't imporve unless MR regime is punished

    Reply : 82       67

    Killa Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:01

    mahendran is already being investigated but Rajapaksas are still free

    Reply : 70       60

    sao Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:46

    Half of the current govt is from the former govt

    Reply : 32       79

    Missaka Wednesday, 25 January 2017 17:47

    Don't be unfair, let the new bunch also earn something. They have been in the opposition for so many years.

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    PonSiva Wednesday, 25 January 2017 18:55

    MR govt. was corruptMS govt. is also corruptSo we go downnnnn.

    Reply : 8       50

    das Wednesday, 25 January 2017 13:50


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    Premalal Wednesday, 25 January 2017 17:55

    Congratulations indeed. At least we have started to get on to front of an international index however dubious.

    Reply : 3       40

    nirmal Wednesday, 25 January 2017 13:55

    see how is the performance of good governance

    Reply : 6       131

    kaboos Wednesday, 25 January 2017 13:59

    can we boast that we are eliminating corruption.

    Reply : 4       79

    Sunil Wednesday, 25 January 2017 14:00

    We knew it! Keep on climbing, Yahapalanaya and let the culprits go scot free.

    Reply : 4       88

    ANTON Wednesday, 25 January 2017 14:01


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    Mahinda Thursday, 26 January 2017 00:20

    Laltith Athulathmudali, Lakshman Kadiragamar, SWRD, Dudley, Colvin. Philip

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    Vijay Thursday, 26 January 2017 05:55

    small correction "POLITICIANS "

    Reply : 0       14

    Ranjan Wednesday, 25 January 2017 14:10

    Well done Sri Lanka, Keep it Up. and let the younger generation borne the debt.

    Reply : 1       85

    Premalal Wednesday, 25 January 2017 14:10

    What can you expect when the PM, protects the crooks and the President looks away as if nothing has happened.

    Reply : 4       115

    Ananda Wednesday, 25 January 2017 14:10

    Sri Lanka well known to the world as religious and pious country but labeled corrupt. via DM Android App

    Reply : 6       67

    LAL Wednesday, 25 January 2017 14:10

    Congratulations Sri Lanka. LOL

    Reply : 2       68

    WALIAMUNA Wednesday, 25 January 2017 14:12

    Now looting money from public on day time by YAMAPALANA bunch

    Reply : 3       78

    Jilla Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:00

    There are only 2or3 cases. This is becuase not acting against Rajapaksas and smaller officials

    Reply : 47       15

    Cheers Wednesday, 25 January 2017 14:17

    Ranil, mahendra, Ravi should be arrested for life in prison and Maithree

    Reply : 9       86

    amnesia Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:05

    Aren't you forgetting a few people?

    Reply : 26       20

    Jikk Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:16

    A rajapaksa loyalists saying they need to jailed because they protect MR and gang??

    Reply : 45       16

    Kssxsis Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:40

    look at statsitics. Sri lanka has been falling since the Rajapaksa reign. Its hard to suddenly reverse it

    Reply : 44       25

    Dinu Perera Wednesday, 25 January 2017 14:19

    Thank you yahapalanaya

    Reply : 3       60

    Bala Wednesday, 25 January 2017 14:31

    My question : Is anyone surprised by this on the basis of the record of the previous and present government.

    Reply : 11       26

    Double Game Player Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:01

    its all due to MR and present PM

    Reply : 50       17

    Silva Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:06


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    Ajja Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:29

    India, Sri Lanka and Maldives were jointly ranked at 95..."Aiyo redi galavenawa...lajjawe beha....."

    Reply : 1       31

    Sunny Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:29

    The main corruption is from the government sector

    Reply : 3       44

    ndissanayke Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:34

    bunch of bulls destroying the country

    Reply : 1       52

    Henry Monday, 30 January 2017 16:35

    Not Bulls they are vultures!

    Reply : 0       0

    Patriot Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:34

    Congratulations!!! A Land Like No Other.

    Reply : 2       39

    shantha Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:35

    Helping hambantota filth removed and now more corrupt?

    Reply : 25       15

    Ice Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:35

    This is a western conspiracy, SL needs to drop at least 36 places with the current corrupt govt.

    Reply : 7       42

    Lima Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:38


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    Thilina Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:43

    Corruption index is not only about the ruling party, the ruling party was changed in 2015. What about all public servants, have they change? Principals are bribed to admit your child to a reputed school, policemen are bribed to avoid a charge sheet, your income is not properly declared to tax authorities.All non public citizens have a responsibility not to offer bribe or facilitation fee for public servants. Have you done your task before you point at others.

    Reply : 1       9

    Casanova Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:45

    Our Finance Minister will be the Richest Man in South East Asia soon, sorry irrelevant to the topic, never knew we are so corrupted though.

    Reply : 0       15

    Jagath Leanage Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:51

    The way things are happening , no wonder .

    Reply : 0       9

    Avsenna Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:51

    The real HORU people rejects cleaned up MR of them and crept in to the yaha Cannot from lists of all parties. So statistics reflect the facts. via DM Android App

    Reply : 2       3

    Jans Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:54

    OMG MS RW DIsgrace to all srilankans Act fast practically to build good humoured Nation use your power Enough Talks now via DM Android App

    Reply : 2       21

    Bakaladasa Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:01

    Yahapalaney is not instant noodles.Wait while the Chess game unfolds!

    Reply : 28       11

    concern Wednesday, 25 January 2017 20:32

    It has unfolded already. Got more corrupted during the year 2015.

    Reply : 0       8

    Dayawathie Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:12

    I am not surprised because this is one thing we are really good at. Loke uthum rata lankawai, ;lankawai ape lankawai.

    Reply : 4       15

    sumanudage Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:14

    Aiyo Sirisena

    Reply : 3       33

    Newton Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:23

    Ladies and Gentleman behold the miracle of Yahapalanaya.

    Reply : 1       33

    Lonpol Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:24

    Wau..this is an accolade to SL specially for its super performing finance minister.

    Reply : 1       23

    saman Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:30

    Congratulations to the Yahapaalana voters! Time to eat Croton leaves! hehe

    Reply : 4       32

    Sam Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:34

    It time to stop all the Rajapaksha vs Ranil rubbish. All the politicians are crooks. We need a complete new party with complete new politicians. Nothing associated with old parties. Honestly it is time to move on. Perhaps we should outsource, surely Barrack or Cameron would be better options than what are available here.

    Reply : 6       30

    Veda mama Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:44

    Now the Ball is in your court, Mr. President and Mr. P.M.

    Reply : 1       29

    Mahanama Wednesday, 25 January 2017 17:46

    Both are corrupt, are you kidding.

    Reply : 0       6

    alfred Thursday, 26 January 2017 17:40

    No time to salvage your reputation.You are doomed.

    Reply : 0       2

    Dan Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:47

    This what you say "Inguru deela Miris gaththa wage"...

    Reply : 5       29

    Mandy Wednesday, 25 January 2017 17:32

    More relevant : Kehi geni deela Hotu geni gaththa wage.

    Reply : 3       22

    daily boru Wednesday, 25 January 2017 17:29

    One of the main reason for this is the contribution of the print and electronic media to the country's development.

    Reply : 2       8

    Mahathanthila Wednesday, 25 January 2017 17:45

    We know it , The government is corrupt from TOP to TOE. Time has come to put these fellows into a garbage can.

    Reply : 2       25

    Madiya Wednesday, 25 January 2017 17:54

    Now it is crystal clear the both that is the present and past governments are currupt. Now the option is to vote for the JVP like it or not.

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    Mahinda Thursday, 26 January 2017 00:27

    JVP is directly responsible for today's fiasco. They told a bunch of lies to the country along with UNP and MS just to send Mahinda home. This is the result.

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    ananda Wednesday, 25 January 2017 17:59

    PM should be congratulated for appointing the present Finance Minister and former Governed of the Central Bank. President for appointing SLFP corrupt ministers and secretaries. via DM Android App

    Reply : 1       17

    LOKKA Wednesday, 25 January 2017 18:08

    WOW pearl of Asia is top of south east asia if sill MR was in power we would have been top of the of the list

    Reply : 5       11

    Nina Kamal Wednesday, 25 January 2017 18:43

    Yeah!! What a proud achievement!

    Reply : 1       10

    raj Wednesday, 25 January 2017 19:28

    The definition of yahapalanaya is 'more corrupt than the earlier one'...different colour same old people sane old tricks...never going to vote again

    Reply : 4       9

    Pf Wednesday, 25 January 2017 20:10

    We knew this situation will arise.We can even touch 100 if this government do not listen and take quick action. via DM Android App

    Reply : 1       9

    concern Wednesday, 25 January 2017 20:21

    This is based on the performance for year 2015.Blaming the previous government will not make the present government better.

    Reply : 2       16

    Dee Wednesday, 25 January 2017 21:03

    Our private sector is most corrupt. The kickbacks are huge. Especially in PLC's . Foreign principals can vouch for it. So what can we expect from the public sector.

    Reply : 0       4

    kk Wednesday, 25 January 2017 21:10

    early one thief and company.. now two thieves and company.. via DM Android App

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    Darm Wednesday, 25 January 2017 21:35

    Bloomberg came out yesterday with the story that SL is one of the worst places for foreign investment! Now another slap from TI (local TI was a key player of the 2015 regime change project!). Harsha and Ranil went to Switzerland to fool our yahapalana donkeys and now building koskola factories to feed the donkeys.

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    amir Wednesday, 25 January 2017 23:12

    I need to thank all the voters who voted our corrupt leaders. Despite all this we still support them so that they can continue to corrupt. In Sri Lanka all the politicians and their families are the wealthiest in the country. This is another record.

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    Ravi Thursday, 26 January 2017 02:15

    The current "Yahapalanaya" government is more corrupt than Rajapakse government?What do you expect....All the crooks who were in MR government are now in Yahapalanaya. I think all these crooks will join MR government next time!!!!! The cycle goes on....At least MR government got rid of Tigers. What did MS/MR have done so far??????Let GR form a government with patriotic people with a clean record. Previous MPs, ,Ministers will be automatically disqualified..

    Reply : 0       9

    Chanaka Thursday, 26 January 2017 06:03

    Yahapalanaya is only a signboard displaying good governance fooling the nation via DM Android App

    Reply : 0       6

    Lakshman De Silva Thursday, 26 January 2017 08:01

    Sri Lanka is beyond redemption and corruption and making money by politicians and their kith and kin are well known. The tender agents made over a billion USD including Nimal cook with his connections to the UNP and theb SLFP. made 280 million USD and tax free and not declared and is not questioned by the FCD. FCD inquires only of political opponents of the Present regime, absolutely corrupt. The main income to politicians are the tender business

    Reply : 0       4

    kumar Thursday, 26 January 2017 08:55

    OFCOURSE LETS ALL BLAME MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA FOR THIS ONE..... I wonder how will the anti-rajapaksa camp twist this one?

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    Sangaralingham Friday, 27 January 2017 10:00

    Ministers parliament elected members not only in lanka India most African states are noted to have more wealth after entering the state assembly as well as this observed in USA?. Easy tto convince public to things done with some thing etc

    Reply : 0       1

    sarath Sunday, 3 December 2017 15:23

    please see the corruption report against the sri lanka

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