Organized awareness activities for the Anti-Corruption Commission (Karen State)

  • Wed, 25 January 2023

Organized awareness activities for the Anti-Corruption Commission (Karen State)

 Naypyitaw 25 January

        A corruption prevention awareness program was conducted at the Zwe Kapin Hall of the Karen State Government. During the program, the Chief Minister of Karen State, U Saw Myint Oo, said that corruption is not only a moral failing, but also a criminal act driven by the pursuit of profit. Corruption is obstructing public services and delaying the development of the country. The widening gap between the rich and the poor, along with decreasing public trust, has contributed to the erosion of the country's administration, as well as its economic and social culture. To uphold upright and integrity in the execution of public service activities, it is essential to be responsible and accountable. Additionally, it is crucial to act in a transparent and impartial manner. Only corruption-free civil servants can effectively establish and maintain a clean government and a sound administrative system.

U Than Swe, chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission, said that corruption is much broader than bribery. Corruption, which includes gift, bribery, the abuse of entrusted power, undue influence, extortion, favoritism, nepotism, money laundering, and illegal enrichment, is a root cause of conflicts in the world.

        The main processes for implementing the strategic goals set by the commission include raising awareness and preventing corruption, investigating and taking action against corruption, and promoting international cooperation. Between 2019 and September 2022, 38 Union Ministries/Organizations established Corruption Prevention Units (CPUs), and as of October 2022, 14 Regional/State Governments have also established CPUs. The purpose of forming the CPUs is to reduce petty corruption and in order to better serve the needs of the citizens. Grand corruption occurs among those with political influence and officials who hold authority, while petty corruption is committed by public servants who are involved in providing services to the public. When the number of people receiving services is very large, and systemic corruption becomes prevalent, it can damage the state administration mechanism and cause serious consequences. Therefore, it is essential to prevent and protect against it. The Corruption Risk Assessment (CRA) process, which is a task of the CPU, shows that corruption can be prevented more effectively by reviewing and revising the procedures and regulations of their departments. In cooperation with the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), a joint declaration on anti-corruption was issued in 2018, and the points that should be based on business ethics in private enterprises have already been published by the commission's announcement No. (14/2018). The anti-corruption process can only be successful if government agencies, private businessmen, and the public cooperate and participate together.
The Chief Justice of the State Court, along with State Ministers, department heads at the state level, the Chairman and Member of the District/Township Management Committee, the Entrepreneurs, and officials from the Anti-Corruption Commission, will be in attendance. It is known that the officials of the Anti-Corruption Commission will discuss with the members of the State Corruption Prevention Unit (CPU) on January 26, 2023.
Moreover, at No. (13) Basic Education High School in Maha Aung Myay Township, Mandalay Region, the "Edu-tainment Program (Teacher's Guide)" books, published by the commission, were discussed and taught to elementary and middle school students in accordance with the Edu-tainment Program.