Govt targets corruption
Anti-graft commission chief U Aung Kyi said that his office is not focussing on certain people or organisations but on the elimination of corruption.
THE Anti-Corruption Commission Myanmar is not targeting certain people or organisations but is focused on eliminating corruption because it causes poverty in Myanmar, the country’s chief graft buster said on Sunday.
Commission Chair U Aung Kyi said he hoped to make headway in ridding the bureaucracy of corruption within the term of the present government.
U Aung Kyi made the comment on Sunday while participating in “Poverty in Society” a talk held by the Institute for Strategy and Policy-Myanmar.
The main objective of the commission is to reduce poverty and effectively punish those who are not able to break their bad habits, which drag the country down to poverty, he told the forum.
“Our country has reached a certain level of wealth and was famous once for honesty, hard work and rich culture, but our great country has been pulled down to become a poor nation because of corruption, and now we are fighting against it,” U Aung Kyi said. “Even though we know it will be difficult, we will try to reach a certain level of success in combating corruption.”
In addition to investigations and actions taken against those who engage in corrupt practices, the commission has also implemented the objective of clean and good government under section 4 of the Anti-Corruption Law, said U Aung Kyi.
“The main importance is to work for the emergence of a clean government and good governance. And it is also crucial to protect the property and assets of the country, including the government’s funds and economic development,” he said.
“In fact, these are the fundamentals for poverty alleviation. Anti-corruption does not concern reviewing complaints only. Anticorruption is a mechanism for poverty alleviation,” U Aung Kyi said.
On Saturday, the government announced that Yangon Region Advocate General U Han Htoo has been terminated from his position and charged in court because of corruption in relation to the withdrawal of a murder case against the suspects in the killing of Facebook celebrity Aung Yel Htwe.
The commission also filed cases against five other people, including a judge and a police officer for allegedly accepting more than K70 million (US$ 45,263) in bribes for the withdrawal of the case and the release of the suspects.
The commission also filed cases against 25 customs officers in August for accepting millions in bribes to allow vehicle imports.
The commission was formed in 2014 with former Information Minister U Aung Kyi as chairman under former president U Thein Sein’s government and was re-organised under the National League for Democracy-led government.
According to Transparency International, Myanmar ranked 130th among 180 countries in the 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index.