August 19, 2016

Mete out deterrent punishment for corruption

What people expect most of the incumbent government is to uproot corrupt practices. In fact, successive governments have taken anti-corruption measures but all their effort came to naught for various reasons. One reason is that they were very lenient in giving punishment.  Another reason is that they have taken action against the people in the lower or lowest positions, sparing the top-ranking public officials, or those who have close relation with the important persons. Last but not the least, authorities are very forgiving, holding the wrong belief that the public service personnel are corrupt merely because they cannot make ends meet with the meagre amount of salary. In fact, this assumption is only partially true because there are a lot of corrupt service personnel who are insincere in their performance of duties not because of insufficient salary but because of their avarice – their extreme greed for wealth or material gain. These avaricious public officials should not be spared if the administrative machinery is wanted to run effectively and efficiently.
In this regard, the incumbent government has already submitted a bill amending anti-corruption law enacted by U Thein Sein regime to Pyithu Hluttaw very recently to more effectively implement anti-graft and corruption measures. This is a welcoming action as bribery, graft and corruption pose threat to national interests. In addition, no corrupt government is wanted by the people. The ruling  party’s loss in 2015 election can be chiefly attributed to cases of graft and corruption on the part of public officials high and low in rank.
Such being the case, the new government has been determined to eradicate bribery and corruption. It is believed that the government has a very strong political will to keep itself clean. This will is reflected by cabinet members and the people’s representatives. The Global New Light of Myanmar would like to earnestly request the government to mete out deterrent punishment in cases of graft and corruption.


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