Public must help fight corruption, says anti-graft commission chair

Writer: 
Phyo Wai
Aung Kyi, chair of the Anti-Corruption Commission gave an opening speech at the paper-reading session.
 
The fight against corruption is a “burning desire of people”, said Aung Kyi, chair of the Anti-Corruption Commission, at a paper-reading session titled “Promote Integrity to Counter Corruption” at the Park Royal Hotel in Yangon on January 22. 
 
In his opening speech, Aung Kyi said the Anti-Corruption Commission alone was unable to deal with corrupt cases. Public participation was needed to fight against corruption.
 
“Corruption is our common enemy, no matter how different our views are and how many organisations there are,” he said.
From November 22 to the end of December, 2017, the new commission received 392 complaints and investigated 188 cases. The number of complaints received and actions taken had increased fivefold compared to those in the same period last year. 
 
Well-known Economist U Myint said: “Currently, our commission is stepping up efforts to carry out the scrutiny of complaints, investigation and charges as much as it can. There is a fivefold increase during two months. There was a little impact for the country as a whole.
 
“Our commission has drafted a plan for 2018 in order to develop policy and legal frameworks and systematically carry out nationwide anti-graft, educative program, promote dignity and control corruption.”
 
The paper-reading session jointly organised by the Anti-Corruption Commission and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime took place on January 22 and 23. Eight papers were submitted.