- Press Release on 18 September 2014

  • Thu, 18 September 2014

According to the amendment law amending anti-corruption law released on 23 July 2014 by the Union Hluttaw law No. 32, the president named the anti-bribery commission anti-corruption commission again on 4 August 2014 by order No. 19/2014.

It has been reported that the office of this commission was opened at Cluster(1), Athletes’ Camp (present Sports Training Camp), Wunna Theikdi Quarter, Nay Pyi Taw, there is an actions against corruption committee led by one vice president to be bribery-free and corruption-free governmental departments, there is one union minister from the president’s office who handles complaints sent to the president and the ministry of home affairs has to tackle the complaints sent to its ministry.

In its press release, the anti-corruption commission has mentioned in full details that how a plaintiff can submit a complaint for the commission to take action against corruption effectively. The plaintiff mentioning his name, NRS No. and the address, proving strong evidence and showing important witnesses in its complaint should send it to the chairman of the commission.

Now it is about six months old and during this time, the commission with its 15 members, carrying out office formation work, preparation and the implementation of administrative matters, has been trying with the purpose of developing people-centered clean government and good governance.

Myanmar has become a member of UNCAC since 20 December, 2012. The commission met and discussed with Asia Pacific Regional Manager from secretariat office, International Transparency Group of Germany-based Global Anti-Corruption Group and Regional Anti-Bribery Advisor of UNODC. Moreover, two members from this commission attended 8th Asia Pacific anti-corruption conference held from 2. 9. 2014 to 4.9. 2014 in Cambodia and 19th Executive Meeting as representatives by economic cooperation and development programme of Asian Development Bank.

While organizing the commission, it has been compiling the weaknesses and strengths when using the anti-corruption law in practice, negotiating and drawing bill of rule and regulation, scrutinizing the complaints of the people whether they be in accordance with the law prescribed, reviewing, examining the complaints whether the commission should continue examining. If they have nothing to do with the commission and they have to do with the ministry concerned or regional or state government concerned, they are handed over to them to take action as necessary.

During the six months’ time of the commission between 12.3.2014 and 21. 8. 2014, it received 533 letters of complaint. Of them, three were in accordance with the principles of the commission and they were put in court and investigated and taken action. Among the complaints, 170 were of land, 95 of judicial, 283 of administrative and 30 of miscellaneous.

The commission found at the time of scrutinizing the complaints that there was no important witnesses and no strong evidence in the complaints and there were anonymous letters bearing complaints. Some were to be put in court and some had to do with dissatisfaction with private giving and taking money. Some were that action had been taken but the punishment was less than it should have been and they suggested sending to prison. Some were of administrative and they had to do with the ministries concerned and state and regional governments concerned.

The commission has to abide by all the clauses in the anti- corruption law and shall not work on what is not in accordance with this law.

So, practicing people-centered governance, the commission would like to urge that letters of complaints should be written in a way mentioned above. To be transparent, this commission will also hold press releases as and when necessary.

                                                                                                               Chairman

                                                                                             Anti-Corruption Commission

                                                                                               Cluster (1), Sports' Village,

                                                                                       Wunna Theikdi Ward, Nay Pyi Taw