KUALA LUMPUR, 2 June 2009: Malaysia has been ranked in 26th place in the Global Peace Index (GPI) 2009, out of 144 countries surveyed, up four places compared with last year.
The GPI, which is now in its third year, is compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit, and revealed that Malaysia received a favourable score for its high number of armed services personnel per 100,000 people.
Malaysia also came in fifth place out of 25 in this region.
The GPI, which was published today, also revealed the link between peace and the economic strength of a country, where the global economic downturn could affect the country’s peace and stability.
“The causes of peace are becoming apparent and the net economic benefit to humanity is substantial. Peace does have an economic value apart form the very real humanitarian values associated with it,” GPI founder Steve Killelea said in a statement here.
Citing Iceland as a prime example, he said the country which topped the index last year had fallen into fourth place following the collapse of its financial system. — Bernama