One of the most significant problems for economic development and poverty alleviation is corruption. Corruption refers to the situations when authorities misuse power for their own benefit. An example of corruption is where people give bribes to government officials to obtain public services. In areas of widespread corruption, people are threatened to give bribes.
Southeast Asian countries are comprised of different political systems, different social economic patterns, and different levels of economic development. As a result, the index of corruption is varied within the region. According to Transparency International’s corruption index for 2006, Singapore is one of the least corrupted countries with an index of 5 out of 163. Meanwhile, Burma is the second largest corrupt; its rank is 162 out 163.