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March 02, 2018

Combat this social virus

Corruption can be compared to a virus: the two share many similar symptoms. Like a virus, corruption can be transmitted from human to human. Those who are exposed to it by working under a corrupt official are likely to become infected. It can also spread throughout society. This tends to happens imperceptibly, which means that we don’t realise until it’s too late.
Second, corruption dismantles the immune system of society and the rule of law, in much the same way as a virus does to the human body, exposing it to various social woes such as poverty and disease. The infected society is too weak to fight back against injustice.
Third, it drains society of vital nutrients, such as funding for education and health funds. They are vaporised by corrupt officials. The majority of people in a corrupt society must endure poverty and lose the opportunity to learn.  The infected society is weakened in the long run.
Finally, corruption is chronic and difficult to eradicate. Similar to combating a virus, many countries around the world have been grappling with it for decades – without success. And this is despite the fact that there are many ways to prevent it. It can be said that corruption is the most lethal infectious disease for a society. May all countries be free of this toxic virus.


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