By May Thet Hnin
The Anti-Corruption Commission is planning to form Corruption Prevention Units (CPU) in government departments to prevent corruption, said U Aung Kyi, Chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission at the Anti-Corruption Declaration Ceremony, held at the UMFCCI office yesterday. The commission will conduct three activities to prevent corruption: the forming of CPUs, drawing up codes of conduct and implementing corruption risk assessments.
“Recently, the commission adopted rules and regulations to form CPUs in government departments. By forming CPUs, government departments have to take responsibility in abolishing corruption,” said U Aung Kyi. To prevent corruption, organisations and entrepreneurs have to independently draw their own codes of conduct that suit their companies and organisations, he added.
Moreover, the commission will conduct corruption risk assessments to scrutinise both government departments and private organisations. By conducting these activities, they can prevent a monopoly in organisations, reduce individual power play and encourage accountability, said U Aung Kyi.
The commission will provide detailed technicalities for all three processes in preventing corruption. It will continue to conduct investigations and take legal actions, he added.
Also, the commission will conduct awareness activities relating to public morality and include it as a subject in primary education.
“We are planning to conduct edutainment programmes, so that there will be no breakdown in children’s moralities with regard to corruption. We are currently conducting research to distribute edutainment programmes in primary schools across the country. It will be completed within a month. After one or two months, we will start to distribute our edutainment programmes in schools. Then, teachers’ handout books will be distributed and teaching methods in the form of stories, poetries, dramas and singing will be used,” he added.
The Anti-Corruption Commission will carry out its objective more effectively in accordance with the President’s guidance.
“Corruption is connected with poverty. Corruption can affect the business and administration sectors. The economy will decline when corruption is high and poverty increases, as income disparity is high. Therefore, corruption also needs to be controlled from the economic sector. Regarding the administration sector, the capacity of administrative power will decline when corruption is high and poverty increases with income inequality”, he concluded.
Myanmar signed the United Nations Convention against Corruption in December 2012.
Myanmar is ranked 130 among the 180 least corrupt nations, according to the 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International.