Anti-cor­rup­tion draft aims to help pub­lic

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Front Page - NEWS 3

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.

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