Most see decline in gov’t corruption since ’08: polls


TAIPEI–More than 80 percent of people in Taiwan think that government corruption has decreased since President Ma Ying-jeou took office in 2008, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) said Saturday, citing two polls that it commissioned.

Of the 83 percent that held that view, 58.6 percent rated the improvement at 5 or above out of a possible 10, the ministry said in a press release.

On the establishment of the Agency against Corruption in July last year, 86 percent of the respondents said they had confidence in the agency while 14 percent thought it would not help to stamp out bribery.

The most corrupt bodies were seen as conglomerates that influenced government policies, scoring 3.72 points out of a possible 10, followed by the Legislature (3.58), political parties (3.45), the judicial system (3.43) and the military system (3.23), according to the polls.

Meanwhile, the most honest public servants in terms of anti-corruption were employees at motor vehicle offices (6.11 points), medical staff at public hospitals (5.88) and public servants at the basic level (5.87), the polls found.