Building a nation free of corruption

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  • Partiality, prejudice, and bias are some elements of corruption. Making unreasonable decisions in favour of someone leads to partiality, while opposing someone because you are intimidated or lack a full understanding, or the desire to understand, leads to prejudice.
    In time, you will hunger for bribes, oppress people who differ slightly from you, become afraid of pressures and threats from authority, and make judgements while being unable to see the truth.
    The people of Myanmar have seen a wide range of injustice and unfairness due to corruption in many sectors, including politics, business, and judicial administration. To put it a bit more accurately, the people have experienced the corrupt actions of successive authorities and faced the consequences of those actions for more than half a century.
    The dictators of the past talked ceaselessly of benefiting the country and the people, but only they and their families, relatives, and associates grew rich while the rest of the nation sank incessantly deeper into poverty.
    In the current administration, the government is led by individuals nominated by the citizens of the nation; it is one of the most dignified objectives of a people to live in a country devoid of corruption.
    It was the people’s wish that when the civilian government took oath, it would transform the demoralized civil society into a society free of corruption and degradation.
    This was the simple, honest outlook of the public. We cannot disagree that the entirety of Myanmar was pushed into the pits of destitution by the actions of immensely corrupt people.
    Corruption drove their decisions in politics, economy, judiciary, society, and virtually all sectors. Bribery, known colloquially as tea money, was so commonplace it was assumed in everything people did, akin to a legal requirement.
    This holds true even today as ordinary officials own wealth unimaginable to the general public. It’s an open secret that while these corrupt individual’s wealth may not be exactly measurable, it exceeds the public’s expectations.
    The dichotomy lies in Myanmar being ranked among the least developed countries with high levels of poverty, yet hosting people who could enter the list of the richest people in the world. We need not conduct a survey on whether the people who achieved such wealth free from corruption are the majority or minority. Nor do we need to specially investigate how they attained this level of prosperity.
    Now is the time to eradicate corruption from society. We may not be able to cleanse the country of deep-rooted influences of corruption immediately, but we can proceed with adherence to the law and a clear conviction to check major cases of corruption and bribery, and succeed.
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