M’sians are 10th most generous people in the world

PETALING JAYA: Malaysians are among the world’s most generous people in the world.

Their charitable efforts have earned the country the 10th spot in the Charity Aid Foun­dation’s (CAF) World Giving Index for 2015.

In the report released this month, Malaysia also obtained a score of 52.

The index by Britain-based CAF looks at three measures of giving – donating money, volunteering time, and helping a stranger.

Malaysia scored 62% when it comes to helping strangers, 58% in donating money and 37% in volunteer services.

The top 10 countries remain largely the same as those reported in 2014.

Malaysia, among the most improved countries in 2014, has maintained these increases in giving to remain in the top 20 for this year.

Myanmar is ranked first in the World Giving Index for 2015, having previously shared this position with the United States last year.

Their score of 66% achieved is the highest on record.

Myanmar once again records the highest incidence of donating money (92%), and this year, it also leads the world in terms of volunteering (50%).

The US comes in second while New Zealand is third.

Other countries in the top 10 are Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sri Lanka and Ireland.

This year’s edition of the World Giving Index presents data from across the globe over a five-year period (2010-2014).

The index includes data from 145 countries that was collected throughout 2014.

CAF is an international charity registered in the UK, with nine offices covering six continents.

Their mission is to motivate society to give even more effectively and help transform lives and communities around the world.

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