15 Jul 2013

Fijians perceive high level of corruption

5:27 am on 15 July 2013

Fiji's chapter of the corruption watchdog Transparency International says a survey shows many Fijians think businesses, government officials and political parties are corrupt.

TI Fiji was reporting the local findings from the just released Global Corruption Barometer.

Don Wiseman has more:

"The survey involved 1,000 Fijians with 55 percent saying businesses and the private sector are the most corrupt, while half the respondents said political parties were most corrupt. A large number thought public officials were the worst offenders, while others pointed the finger at the police, judges or parliament. A significant portion also found that the education system, NGOs, religious bodies, media, medical health services, and the military were corrupt. TI Fiji's chairman, Apisalome Tudreu, says the information is not unexpected but the challenge is to determine just what people mean by corruption. He says Fiji has legislation targetting corruption, is a signatory to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, has its own Independent Commission against Corruption but must take the Global Corruption Barometer information seriously."