August 19, 2016

Putting moral character first

EVERYONE has personal values. This being so, different people value different things. Some people set a high value on material pleasures, while others value academic achievement, professional success or political power. And some people highly value self-esteem.
For those who respect themselves, they are very much afraid of committing deadly sins, like graft and corruption. Their personal value is morality. In fact, maintaining good morality is beneficial not only to this existence but also to the existences to come until one attains nibbāna. This is the reason why the wise one are used to saying that when wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; but when the moral character is lost, everything is lost. Morality matters most  if one wants to become a noble person.
Although morality is chiefly concerned with a person’s mind-set or mentality, governments are also responsible for ensuring freedom from graft and corruption. There is no need to say that the administrative machinery of a government will not be effective and efficient as long as it cannot annihilate corruption. In this function, the incumbent government has revoked the Anti-Corruption Law of 1948 by promulgating the Anti-Corruption Law of 2013, which came into effect on 17 September 2013. Since then, the incumbent regime has been fighting graft and corruption as a national duty.
Freedom from graft and corruption can promote the image of both individual citizens and the country. This being so, The Global New Light of Myanmar would like to make its earnest request to all citizens to abide by Myanmar’s laws, rules and regulations in order to enable the country to improve its corruption record.


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