Anti-corruption draft aims to help public
The national anti-corruption commission has made changes to a draft law in order to streamline procedures and facilitate filing of complaints by the public, says a member of the commission.
THE national anti-corruption commission has made changes to a draft law with the aim of streamlining procedures and facilitating the submission of complaints by the public.
The revisions were outlined at a seminar held January 22-23 in Yangon with commission staff and representatives of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
The revised draft incorporates changes designed to speed up work, lays out a broad policy framework in the fight against graft in 2018, and makes it easier for the public to lodge complaints, said U Aung Kyi, chair of the commission.
“We are already collaborating with international organisations to improve work flow and the ability of our officers to deal with corruption cases,” said U Han Zaw, another commission member.
The revised draft empowers the commission to take action on its own regardless of whether a complaint has been filed, citing a corrupt individual or party.
The previous commission lacked teeth, a sign of weakness on the part of its members, said Daw Nyo Nyo Thin, a founding member of the Myanmar School of Law.
“I hope this commission performs well for the public” she said.
The commission, established in November, comprises 12 members. Since then it has received 4516 complaints, most of them from residents in Yangon.
By state and region, Yangon had 1162 complaints, Mandalay 824, Ayeyawady 500, Bago 478, Sagaing 455, and Kayah 8.
The commission has investigated 63 complaints and taken action in 47 cases.