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 Myanmar Times - - Front Page - CHAN THAR chan­thar@mm­times.com

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.

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