Most Corrupt Asian Countries

The Top Ten

1 Philippines The Philippines was established in March 16, 1521 and named in honor of a Spanish King whose name is King Philip of Spain II. It is located at Asia, specifically at Southeast Asia. The capital is Manila. 89% of the people there currently are native, while 11% of people there are foreigners.

Philippines is so corrupt' the other good officials in the latter cannot do what they supposed to do because they were afraid to the other corrupt, bad, demons and money face officials of this government!

I hope the time will come that good people will dominate the politics of the Philippines in order to help the residents of this country to have a better life and education and also the shelter to dwell in.

Many people didn't have jobs because they were not able to finish their studies. Because of this problem many Filipino in the other country or the (OFW) Overseas Filipino Workers work so hard in order to sustain the needs of their families but the sad is, they actually bullied by the other country men because of the status of their life and work.

Thank You!

All of the politicians here in the Philippines are good in corruption they just prioritized their personal interest to the money of their people before they serve, lots of infrastructures are under construction for 30 years...

Corruption in politics has been the top major problem as to why the philippines economy and problems (poor people, no jobs, health, etc) seems to slowly or never be solutioned. The politics in the philippines are run by corrupt family dynasty that has forever been running the country. Besides the corrupt politicians the people also has no self discipline whatsoever thus adding to the fuel of corruption in the country. I just really hope since of The Presidents election of Pres. Aquino who gradually open and dig all of the corruption of the country to the citizens eyes that all of the people will realize and take action against such heinous crime.

Undeniable. 100% guaranteed. Not only the government officials but all the citizens of this country. Even the church are all corrupt in this country. Even the priest... All corrupt. I don't know what this people thinking. With all those talents, they just waste it and destroy their own countryman. They have no pride at all.

2 North Korea The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea, is a country in Eastern Asia. Its capital is Pyongyang. It is currently ruled by the dictator Kim Jong-Un, after inheriting the title from his father, Kim Jong-Il, who in turn inherited it from his father, Kim Il-Sung. more.

As you can see, north Korea is not number one on the list and the Philippines is the number one on the list its because, it deffer on the perspective on the population of corrupt people on its country. Most of the corrupt people of north korea are from the government, while in Philippines, the corrupt there are the government, the people, and even the religious sectors are, if not all, are most of them corrupt. But the corruptness in the is lesser than the north korea due to the power comes from the government only. The people of north korea has no voice while the Philippines is a democratic country. That is why, the people there have voice. It means they have freedom to do or to say what they want.

My honesty and truth, North Korea is not a country it's a cult. Everything I have learnt about it.
It's full of war as entertainment, worship leaders mourn the dead ones, education in school is war. Legalised a dangerous drug.

This is the most ideal country in the world. They give importance to pride and respect. They don't make other people live in greed. They live with honor and discipline to them selves. Not like others country that keep on saying about their pride but they don't have pried at all because, they themselves are destroying their own countryman. They sell illegal drugs on their own country and talk about killing all those drug users but, they themselves are drug pushers. LOL... What a hypocrites. And they would claim that they are christian countries that believe in God(Jesus Christ) but, they make scandals on cellphone just to make their selves famous. What a joke in their face.

No one gets in or out of North Korea. The people have no contact with the outside world, and they have some very harsh prison camps. The nuclear missile program definitely says something about the conditions there. - Qazsound

3 Malaysia Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country occupying the Malaysian Peninsula and part of the island of Borneo. It's known for its beaches, rain forests and mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European influences. The sprawling capital, Kuala Lumpur, is home to colonial buildings, busy shopping districts such more.

I was quiet shocked when I knew that Malaysia is among the Top 5 most corrupted country in Asia. But when I think twice, it's quite true. People are getting more poor and sick especially those at the lower-class. Even you have a excellent college degree & years of valuable experiences, the government will just give you poor salary. Therefore, most young Malaysians will just choose to go overseas because salary offered is much higher. Just to give you a example (A waiter in US will earns RM24 per hour / RM70,000 per year BUT a waiter in Malaysia earns RM3 per hour / RM9,000 per year) THINK ABOUT THAT! So if Malaysia government really want to avoid more 'brain drain' to happens, start giving us higher salary & TAKE ACTION!

Rich are getting richer, middle class remain the same and the poor remains hardcore poor

Media in malaysia less free and equal confined kingdom... So corruption is still yet to be seen with visible

As a youngster I can see Malaysia is a country that still have hope in the future. Politic problems happening in Malaysia now are because of the 1960s people who are still very old minded, they do not want to retire and rise a lot problems. Educated malay and chinese and indians are likely to get along very well, they do not easily get offended and tired of the politic issue arise by the 60s people. Just wait them retire, we will have a better future. However, as a chinese, I hate those chinese who only speak mandarin all the time, and not trying to approach to other races by speaking english and malay. All races need to be open minded, don't always speak your own language. Grow up and be mature, If you want Malaysia to have a better future, get along with other races, start with the languages and approaching to others, stop speaking your own language only and make the other races think you are selfish and narrow-minded. 60s people with old minded need to retire and go to rest. I hate ...more - meungjuin

4 Syria Syria, officially the Syrian Arab Republic, is a country in Western Asia. Syria has been involved in a civil war since 2011.

I agree with ror. It's true who doesn't know that one of world's corrupt country has news of people dying from both sides everyday and also everyday they either die from ISIS or government.

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Syria is the most corrupted country in Asia.. Everyday almost like 50~60 people dies due to the wars their between 2 armies... I don, t know why people should die there :'( even they aren, t guilty.. They die because of mistakes by governments.. - ror":{ "message":"(#803)someof

Yeah. Who can u trust in syria? The rebels or the government? Not much of a choice.

5 India India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people), and the most populous democracy in the world. Its capital is New Delhi. Some other major cities are Mumbai, Chennai, and Ahemdabad. more.

Indian Government can't do anything for its people.

All money goes to politicians. A country of mukesh ambani and slumdogs

Yeah! India deserve it after all this country is the mother of politics!

India is corrupted for some illiterate selfish politicians.

6 Iraq Iraq, officially the Republic of Iraq, is a country in Western Asia. more.

Iraq is dangorus

this country hate it so much😡

7 Pakistan Pakistan was established in 1947 and is located in South Asia. Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan. Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar are other major cities of Pakistan. Urdu and English are official languages of Pakistan. World's second highest peak (K-2) and ninth highest peak (Nanga Parbat) are more.

PAKISTAN is my dear home land I love my country and I can only pray for the progress and prosperity to my
Country because there are all corrupt leaders who doesn't care anyone else they just only want money and nothing else but in. The they have. To go in their graves than what will they doo?

Pakistan is a strong nation and it's has very low corruption ratio plus government has started a corruption awareness policy. Almost all government and private services work good and employers are hard workers they know their duties and work honestly. In all difficulties we have seek how to stay and work together to become more stronger and stronger.

Pakistan is very beautiful country and very nice people.

Pakistan has the world class talent which needs to be polished!

8 Indonesia Indonesia, officially the Republic of Indonesia, is a country in Southeast Asia. Ruled by the Dutch for over 300 years and Japan for 3 years and 6 months, the country gained independence in 1945, or exactly in 17th August 1945. Jakarta is the capital city, located in the island of Java. Major languages more.

Indonesia have really good law my ass! Good government system my ass! Good leader and gov officials my ass! Actually they are just BS all the way from top to bottom

Indonesia is one of the most corrupt country in the world today. Which is the third most corrupt country in the world. Who can beat us? Laugh out loud '
I love how we can act so stupid together, and not care what anyone thinks! Shame on you.

It's not just the government, it's the security and most of the local mentality bribe and get half of what you asked for, add more and get almost 90% of the job done. Government who are being asked to do something good for the public, would always ask you back: "what's in it for me? ". This country has been sneaky about corruption and no local has really spoken about the issue until recently where it's getting worst- as they are used to the system being the way it is.

Example: 12 year old rides a motorbike without a lisence or a helmet- police comes not to lecture about the dangers of not having a helmet etc, they wait and raid until they get "uang rokok" ("coffee/ cigar/ pocket money"). This is normal or usual for islands in Indonesia such as Bali (most touristic island in the country).

Indonesia is very Danger Country because indonesian Goverment is very corrupt - yudha100

9 Afghanistan Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country located within South Asia and Central Asia.

Love you afghanistan you are my heart

Love you afghans don't go reviw with coruption

10 Myanmar Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 ethnic groups, bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the country's largest city, is home to bustling markets, numerous parks and lakes, and the towering, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda, which contains more.

By not allowing to freely practicing their religion come on world DO SOMETHING! CRITICIZING WON'T JUST DO USE FORCE OF ACTION!

The government restricts Muslims and other members of different religions and acts like a bully to them by prosecuting them.

This should be ranked #2.

They say Muslims can never be citizens - Dvafan2

The Contenders

11 China China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a sovereign state in East Asia. It is the world's most populous state, with a population of over 1.388 billion. It was established in 1949 by Chairman Mao, the president of the communist party. Its capital is Beijing. The major cities are Shanghai, more.

As a Chinese who have been 3 generations living outside China, I will never forgive the communist government for destroying the Chinese reputation moral value. China was once prosperous nation with high living standards, healthy social culture, and capable of inventing things that people use around the world. Those days are gone and any Chinese in People's Republic of China are suffering moral decline due to censorship and the other stuffs the governments did. Many Chinese who are living in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Singapore, Thailand, Canada, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines hate it when people think they came from the People's Republic of China, simply because they don't feel like they're the Chinese from mainland China.

I think this comment is from someone with a mental age of 8. What did the government do (expect for the 1989 incident, that's the past, move on! ) - 50

Poor people. Projects a good international image where in fact its reputation and credibility is far worse than any Asian countries. All it cares is money. It's very greedy to the point that it will destroy the mother earth and sell poisonous foods just to get money. Corrupt and humanity is not in its vocabulary.

The land of fake and inferiorly made products. Mainland Chinese think they are better than everybody else, but when they go to other countries they are exposed as nothing more than semi-uncivilized barbarians.

HEY! Why don't you research your facts before you say that! I'm Chinese, and do you know how many people are living here? - ARandomPerson

Most people in China are greedy, from individual to collective into a bad collective. In China there are also top officials who are greedy, with the majority of their wealth from corruption, huge amounts of money

12 Yemen Yemen, officially known as the Republic of Yemen, is an Arab country in Western Asia, occupying the southwestern to the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula.

Yemen is not corrupted. -_-. I think hehe

13 Vietnam Vietnam, officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia.

While in a tour bus in vietnam the cops stopped our bus to get money from our driver. They had two officers doing this and it looked like they were doing shifts. Ultimately the bus driver got more than the bribe back in tips. Now I'm doing an oral presentation on it.

The Government are very brutal in "listening" to opions against themselves. They always pretend to try to help the country, but in fact they do nothing and try to get the money from the local people thru foolish policies. Besides, they live in the black box and never want to do transparency. To all the people of freedom, the government in Vietnam look like "a big elephant in the room".

Vietnam should be number 3 on corruption list

Communist is bad and corrupted in general.

14 Cambodia Cambodia is a Southeast Asian nation whose landscape spans low-lying plains, the Mekong Delta, mountains and Gulf of Thailand coastline. Its busy capital, Phnom Penh, is home to the art deco Central Market, glittering Royal Palace and the National Museum's historical and archaeological exhibits. In more.

I've lived in China, Japan and travel around Korea, Thai, Vietnam and Philippines and by far this has to be the most corrupt country in east Asia, even the border officials scam you.

Two words. "Lazy government".

Most corrupt country in Asia cannot be the last

It's ridiculous appearing on the 10th place as it deserves to be the first...!

15 Bangladesh Bangladesh, on the northern coast of the Bay of Bengal, is surrounded by India, with a small common border with Myanmar in the southeast. The country is low-lying riverine land traversed by the many branches and tributaries of the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers.

Corruption is in the air. Police, politicians, prime minister every single person in this country is corrupted. Rich people doesn't pay taxes, most of the people are in poverty, sometime Bangladesh behaves like Korea... I was there for 6 yrs and it was like hell on earth...

I need to be prime minister of Bangladesh then I can remove this corruption from Bangladesh

I am a kid living in bangladesh and I can say that bangladesh is one of the most corrupted countries of the world.

Should be number one. Prime minister is a dictator and opposition members are imprisoned or killed.

16 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia, officially known as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is an Arab state in Western Asia (Middle East) constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula. The official Language is Arabic. The capital city is Riyadh.

Why is everyone saying US is making countries corrupt? Giving countries money doesn't make it corrupt...

Saudi is the mother of evil, biggest problem maker in middle-east. Saudi king is a stupid slave of America.

Saudi Arabia is the best country in the world. We love Saudi Arabia the humanity, living style and honesty of people.

Saudi is full of terrorism and is a corrupt country. I speak as a Saudi my self

17 Iran Iran, also known as Persia, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a sovereign state in Western Asia. The capital city is Teheran and the major city is also Tehran. The country's official language is Persian. more.

Haha stupid country should be higher

what - JackLawler

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Haha are you kidding me? I'm Iranian myself and I say that Iran should be number 1! The government spends money in palestine, Lebanon and Syria when poverty fraction is 50% and that's all because they want to stay in power. They're always looking for war and saying about Israel and defending stupid palestine. People hate palestine more than Israel because they're bloodsuckers and are eating our money and sources and EVERYTHING and keep saying about Iranian people. Politicans get salaries more than 500000 dollars per month. The normal salary that a family makes is 500 usd per month and the money that you need to live is 1500 usd a month. I can't say all bad things in Iran that government did to us buti can say that our government is the worst government in the world

18 Tajikistan Tajikistan, officially the Republic of Tajikistan, is a mountainous, landlocked country in Central Asia with an estimated 8 million people in 2013, and an area of 143,100 km2.

Tajikistan is one of the most bad country to live in

19 Laos Laos, officially the Lao People's Democratic Republic (LPDR), or commonly referred to its colloquial name of Muang Lao is a landlocked country in the heart of the Indochinese peninsula of Mainland Southeast Asia, bordered by Myanmar (Burma) and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to more.

I am of Laotian heritage, but Laos is just so corrupt. It's a bad stain on not just my heritage, but on the country my parents once lived in. Not to mention the corruption is probably a factor as to why dung has to be used for cooking fuel.

Completely corrupt, steals from foreign investors and doesn't pay arbitration awards, run by crooks

20 Thailand Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand, formerly known as Siam, is a country at the centre of the Indochinese peninsula in Mainland Southeast Asia.

So funny this country isn't in top 5. Their corruption is worse than Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia! So crazy those people who doesn't vote for this Land Of Fake Smile country.

Uneducated tourists look at Thailand and call it one of the most corrupt countries. How did a corrupt country have universal healthcare and a solid infrastructure (when compared with neighboring countries). Among Asean states, Thailand has attracted the biggest foreign FDI from Japan and beyond. There is also no "racial politics" in this country. I live in America, and the Government cheats us with fake healthcare, with never-ending corporate lobbies (with Trillions of Dollars at stakes), by deeming corporate interests to be more important that the environment and the world climate. Cops kill black people and get away with it every day. The fake-news press lies everyday with no accountability. Asian Americans are kept out of politics and they have never never nominated to important public office. Infrastructures are also crumbling in the States. DC and New York have some of the worst metro services in the world. Really, what defines "corruption"?

I'm surprised Thailand isn't way higher up on this, corruption permeates everywhere from the big boys at the top right down to the traffic cop on the street corner bribing you for no apparently reason. Cops target foreigners because they know they have more money and nobody can say or do anything. Say the "wrong" thing and you will be "disposed" of and they'll blame it on the Burmese.

I am from Thailand but I think corruption is very high by the government.

21 Nepal Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a sovereign state located in South Asia. more.

Government do nothing for people

The country is not developing due to corrupted politician

Not just the leaders even other officials in Nepal are extremly corrupt. I fear Nepal's Never gonna recover from this earthquake only because of corrupt leaders and officials.

Nepal is number 1 :3

22 Turkmenistan Turkmenistan is a country in Central Asia, bordered by Kazakhstan to the northwest, Uzbekistan to the north and east, Afghanistan to the southeast, Iran to the south and southwest, and the Caspian Sea to the west.
23 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan is a landlocked country. It is one of two doubly landlocked countries in the world, a country completely surrounded by landlocked countries in Central Asia. more.

Come on! This is number 2

24 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and known from the beginning of British colonial rule until 1972 as Ceylon, is an island country in South Asia near south-east India.

Most of the politicions in the ruling party are ruthless, uneducated, dictator like, stealing money, and so on and so forth. Country is in debt for China. We, the people of this country are paying for all that as taxes.

Earlier comment is right. Most politicians are corrupt and top leaders have stolen half the countries wealth. Nobody wants these people punished.

I agree

25 Singapore Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, and often referred to as the Lion City, the Garden City, and the Red Dot, is a global city and sovereign state in Southeast Asia and the world's only island city-state.

Guys, if you wanna know how corrupted Singapore is, just read up all the news at

The government has been lying to us and spreading fake news worldwide.

It's not that there is no corruption in Singapore. But we have Leegalized corruption. Typo intended.

Why is Singapore in this list? Singapore is not a corrupt country in Asia

Should be much higher up in the list since cronyism and nepotism is so rampant here it's accepted as part and parcel of life.

26 South Korea South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea, is a sovereign state in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula.

That's China, you imbecile.

The horrifying torturing poor dogs and cats for a worthless meat, just kill or eat the damn bugs or bacons instead!

South korea is nice goverment in the world history

Korea is v. corrupt. People don't know that

27 Timor-Leste East Timor, officially the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, is a sovereign state in Maritime Southeast Asia. It comprises the eastern half of the island of Timor.
28 Maldives

How is this country corrupt it's a small island

We are corrupt free 100 %

"Stealing paradise" documentary by al jazeera is enough to prove Yamin's corruption in Maldives. Yamin the robber of Asia

Most corrupted president yamin abdul gayoom in Maldives history

29 Kuwait

Lived in Kuwait for 4 years and this country is the most corrupt country in Asia if not the world

I don't think so. Although I know nothing hahaa

30 Turkey Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country in Eurasia, mainly in Anatolia in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe. Turkey is bordered by eight countries with Greece and Bulgaria to the northwest; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, more.

Increase in autocracy through the movements of AKP

31 United Arab Emirates The United Arab Emirates, sometimes simply called the Emirates or the UAE, is a country located at the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south, as well as sharing sea borders with Qatar and Iran.
32 Russia Russia, known as the "Russian Federation", was formed on Dec 25, 1991. It is located mainly in Asia, while a portion of it remains in Europe. The capital and largest city is Moscow, followed by Saint Petersburg in terms of population. The country primarily speaks Russian, a Slavic language. more.

Russia is in Europe

33 Qatar Qatar, officially the State of Qatar, is a sovereign country located in Southwest Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula.

Qatar is richest in the world

34 Armenia Armenia is a country in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia. Located in Western Asia on the Armenian Highlands, it is bordered by Turkey to the west, Georgia to the north, the de facto independent Republic of Artsakh and Azerbaijan to the east, and Iran and Azerbaijan's exclave of Nakhchivan to the more.
35 Lebanon Lebanon was established in 1920 and gained its independence in 1943. For a couple of years it has lacked a president; yet, on October 31st, 2016, it got president Michel Aoun . It is known as the Phoenix of the world since it has sunken under the ocean and has been destroyed by wars 7 times . In advance, more.
36 Mongolia Mongolia is a landlocked unitary sovereign state in East Asia. Its area is roughly equivalent with the historical territory of Outer Mongolia, and that term is sometimes used to refer to the current state.
37 Oman Oman, officially the Sultanate of Oman, is an Arab country in the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula.

Not really corrupt

Oman is nice but it's corruption is way worse then Saudis

38 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea, officially the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, is an Oceanian country that occupies the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and its offshore islands in Melanesia, a region of the southwestern Pacific Ocean north of Australia.
39 Jordan Jordan, officially the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, is an Arab kingdom in Western Asia, on the East Bank of the Jordan River.

I hate Jordan Michael Jordan

40 Bahrain
41 Brunei Brunei, officially the Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace, is a sovereign state located on the north coast of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia.
42 Taiwan Republic of China was established in 1912. After the Chinese Civil War (1949), the Chinese government relocated to Taiwan. Its capital was originally Nanjing but now it's Taipei. Mandarin is the most spoken language.

Taiwanese are wonderful
But they have bad politicians, serious corruption

Why is Taiwan on this list it not corrupt stupid

43 Japan Japan is an island country in East Asia in the Pacific Ocean. It lies off the eastern coast of the Asia Mainland (east of China, Korea, Russia) and stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and near Taiwan in the southwest. more.

Guys. If you say you hate Japan without any reason, that's just racist.

Japan is not corrput

If you guys think Japan is corrupt, it is a 1st world country

Japan needs to sink to extinction!

44 Bhutan Bhutan, officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked country in South Asia at the eastern end of the Himalayas.

Are you serious? This country is peaceful and has nice government!

45 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan, officially the Republic of Azerbaijan, is a country in the Transcaucasian region, situated at the crossroads of Southwest Asia and Southeastern Europe.
46 Israel The State of Israel is a country in the Middle East and the only country with a Jewish majority in the world but arab, african and east asian communities still can be found. more.

They are the definition of corruption.

Worst country

Sucks should be 1

The next generation of nazi

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