According to the Global Corruption Barometer report released by Transparency International, 53% of Maldivians believe that corruption within the government has increased in the past 12 months. The third highest rate in Asia region, the report also stated that 90% of Maldivians believe that corruption within the government to be a major problem.
The report identified produced by Transparency International collected data pertaining to key question regarding corruption within the public sector. According to the data, 53% of Maldivians believe that the government has failed in tackling corruption within itself while 17% are unaware of the situation.
This is further supported by the low approval rating given to the Anti-Corruption Commission of Maldives as the report states that only 38% of the people approve of the work conducted by the Anti-Corruption Commission of Maldives. In comparison, only Sri Lanka and Thailand has a lower approval rating for their Anti-Corruption watchdogs.
However, Maldives is reported to have the lowest rate of “Sextortion” in the report. According to Transparency International, 1% of Maldivians have experienced or know someone who has been subjected to sexual extortion in exchange for services in the public sector.
In addition to this Corruption Perception Index for the Maldives has also significantly dropped from 36 in 2016 to 29 in 2019. Government of Maldives is yet to comment on the alleged increase in corruption and drop in public approval of the government and its anti-corruption watchdog.