The 2018 Global Peace Index (GPI) released yesterday, 6 June, ranked Malaysia as the 25th most peaceful country in the world
The GPI, prepared by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their levels of peacefulness.
Besides showing that the country moved up four spots from its 29th placing in 2017, the index exhibited that Malaysia faired better than most of its neighbours, aside from Singapore which ranked at the 8th position.
In the Asia-Pacific region, Malaysia retained its position as the fifth most peaceful country
Meanwhile, the GPI showed a decline in the average level of global peacefulness, with 92 countries deteriorating from 2017
With four out of 10 of the least peaceful countries in the world, and none of its countries ranking higher than 40th on the GPI, the Middle East and North Africa region remains the world's least peaceful area.
Notably, the four most peaceful regions in the world - Europe, North
America, Asia-Pacific, and South America - all experienced deteriorations in the past year.
"The fall in peacefulness over the decade was caused by a wide range of factors, including increased terrorist activity, the intensification of conflicts in the Middle East, rising regional tensions in Eastern Europe and northeast Asia, and increasing numbers of refugees and heightened political tensions in Europe and the US," read the findings, Malay Mail reported.