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Nothing worth noting, but something to be curious about: In its most recent survey of Asia’s most corrupt economies, the Political and Economic Risk Consultancy (PERC) has tagged Indonesia and Thailand as Asia’s most corrupt, replacing last year’s cellar-dweller the Philippines. In fact, the survey says RP has made considerable strides in combating corruption in its own territory, adding that “the actual level of corruption is not as bad as it is often portrayed.” From being last year’s worst performer, RP has managed to clinch numerous notches up the ladder, garnering a grade better than Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, India, and Vietnam, but still not nearly as good as Malaysia, Taiwan, China, Macau, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Of course eradicating the “culture of corruption” is not an overnight task, but for what it’s worth, this bit of news is (hopefully) a tiny step toward the right direction.


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