Fri, Jul 12, 2013 - Page 1 News List

Government questions corruption poll results

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

Results of the survey in Taiwan showed that 16 percent of respondents contacted education sector, 35 percent judiciary sector, 21 percent medical sector, 16 percent police sector, 15 percent registry sector, 17 percent utilities sector, 15 percent tax sector, and 11 percent land sector, or an average of 18.25 percent.

On the second part, 36 percent of respondents gave a positive answer.

The Judicial Yuan said the 2013 Global Corruption Barometer miscalculated the bribery rate in Taiwan.

The result of the seventh question showed that, among the 18.25 percent of respondents answering “yes” to the first part of the question, 35 percent have paid a bribe, which made the bribery rate 6.3 percent, the Judicial Yuan said.

However, it was unclear whether Table 1 of the report was drawn according to survey results of the second part of the seventh question.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Anna Kao (高安) said the nation’s representative office in Germany will contact the TI’s head office to express the nation’s concerns over the report.

Kao said the representative office will try to understand how the organization selected samples, to communicate and clarify doubts, and to reject the results.

The Ministry of Justice said the quoted bribery rate of 36 percent did not make any sense because it meant that 7 million Taiwanese aged above 18 had paid a bribe, adding that the figure was a lot higher than a survey commissioned by the Agency Against Corruption last year, which showed that 0.8 percent of respondents had paid a bribe and 2.5 percent said they had only heard of things like that happening.

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