Anti-corruption head declares war on bribery, malfeasance

Participants pose for a documentary photo at the paper reading on anti-corruption jointly organised by the Anti-Corruption Commission and UNODC. Photo: MNA
Participants pose for a documentary photo at the paper reading on anti-corruption jointly organised by the Anti-Corruption Commission and UNODC. Photo: MNA

U Aung Kyi, the Chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission, yesterday described corruption as “our common enemy” and said a two-year plan was being formulated to systematically rid the country of bribery, immorality and malpractice.
His remarks came at an event yesterday morning at the paper reading ceremony at the Park Royal Hotel in Yangon.
The paper reading on anti-corruption was jointly organized by the Anti-Corruption Commission and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), with the title of “Promote Integrity to Counter Corruption”.
“To combat corruption is like waging a war, which will need an all-inclusive approach with long-term plans”, U Aung Kyi said yesterday.
The war against corruption will start with educational efforts to change the attitude towards bribery and malpractice, especially among young people, he said.
“We are making many systematic plans such as giving educative lessons, uplifting morality and making preventive measures across the country. Moreover, a 2018 work-plan is being conducted in order to carry out this plan systematically. It is a fact that we cannot get fruitful results without determination and high morality in the long run”, U Aung Kyi said.
To detest and reject corruption and eliminate it from society is one of the goals of the plan, he said
“Not only our commission, but also governmental departments cannot fight corruption alone, which is why we need cooperation and inclusiveness in order to compel and eliminate it once and for all”.
The cooperation will be among all level of organizations and age groups, U Aung Kyi said. Included in this effort will be closer scrutiny and action on complaint letters within the rules and regulations.
“As a result, I believe we can make great progress in handling this issue within a period of two years”, he said.
“We should bear in our mind that bribery is a crime which should not be tolerated in our country.
It is our duty to point out the weakness and to combat this malpractice with a conscientious spirit”.
The commission’s aim, he said, is to lift the moral standards of citizens while they are still young. “Corruption should be regarded as our common enemy, which we must try to wipe out in our society”, he said. —Ye Ye Myint and Nandar Win

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