Public servants should not exchange dignity for corruption: President

Writer: 
Kaung Khant Lin (Monywa)
President Win Myint meets public servants from administrative, legislative, judiciary sectors at Monywa City Hall in Sagaing Region on August 18. (Photo-President Office)
 
A government must free from corruption if it wants to be a clean one or a good one. Anti-corruption commissions will be established at state and region levels in an effort to eradicate bribery and corruption. Public servants should not exchange dignity for corruption, said President Win Myint. 
 
The remarks of the president came from his meeting with public servants from administrative, legislative, judiciary sectors at Monywa City Hall in Sagaing Region on August 18. 
 
During his meeting with public servants from administrative, legislative, judiciary sectors, the president mentioned that no one would be given protection in the event of corruption.
 
“Quite frankly, I would like to tell my colleagues, who are participating in the reform process of the country. All of you need to stay away from bribery and corruption. I won’t give any protection for any one if corruption crops up. Some says who should be considered as he is whose supporter, mentioning that legal protection should be provided. In a bid to eradicate corruption, whoever they are, any protection will not be given. For that reason, public servants should not exchange dignity for corruption,” said President Win Myint. 
 
Corruption has become a habitual manner in the country. The Anti-Corruption Commission has been newly formed to handle the corruption cases in an effective manner. Depending on the findings sought by the commission, responsible officials have to make unbiased decisions, said President Win Myint.
 
Public servants have to enjoy salary and other allowances allowed by the State budget. Salary and allowances don’t flow from which person and which organization. They don’t come from a single person, too. They are the revenues of all citizens. Therefore, public servants should do for all citizens, said President Win Myint.
 
There are two kinds of servants for the country. One is civil servant and another is public servant. Public servants are assigned duties by the public. Civil servants are appointed in accord with the organisational setup. Public servants have to do public services, said President Win Myint.
 
 “The country is collectively working to transform from an old system of an old era to a new system of a new era. This can be quickly and successfully accomplished only if all citizens and relevant officials in legislative, administrative and judicial sectors work together,” said President Win Myint.
 
“We lost democracy and the path towards democracy in our country more than half a century,” he said adding that “now at the beginning of this road, all need to work together for reform. Reform is inspired by the people.” Said President Win Myint.
 
The President also urged the representatives of the three pillars to take their duty in carrying out reforms which are inspired by the people.
 
“Reform is not a thing to be worried about. Without going along the reform path, our country will not develop. Reform must be made. Change is eternal truth. Reform is not an enemy. It is a good friend.
 
This needs to be well understood. Reform is a good opportunity and a good time for our country and people to achieve democracy and human rights, said the President. 
 
President Win Myint said, “Reform need not be forced but must be made. And in conducting reform, lesson of the past are taken to setup policies to establish a future democracy federal union. There are aims in setting policies to establish a democracy federal union and there are our belief and firm stands Policies were set for legislative, administration and judicial matters too.
 
“There should be political, economic and social fairness in administration. Arrangement is also made for equal opportunities, equality in status and equality in law. As it is arranged in such way region government need to implement according to the State policies, work processes and instructions. It is also required to conduct the duties assigned occasionally by the Union Government.”
 
The President said the regional government has the responsibility to instruct, manage, to carry out check and balance and scrutinize departments in the region. The administration system should be of such that support rule of law. It must not be administrative machinery that oppresses the people. It should be a management that provides service to the people. It should be an administration that is fair and unbiased. Fairness strengthens democracy. Fairness strengthens the society.
 
Administrative and legislative pillars should be balanced. In carrying out regional development works, the region government needs to discuss and coordinate with Hluttaw representatives. Discussing and coordinating is not in the form of interfering and check and balance should be encouraged, he said.
 
“Judicial matters should be conducted in accordance to the law. It should abide by the Union Judiciary Law and must be unbiased. All need to be equal in law. Officials must not interfere in judicial matters. Region High Court judges must inspect high court detention centers, and prisons, to ensure that there are no violation of human rights and judiciary is free of corruption.
Myanmar set its goal of establishing a democracy federal union. States and regions are to have a balanced development. Peaceful, stable and long term existence of a Union is aimed for.
 
“Success had been achieved in narcotic eradication by working with Ministry of Home Affairs. Officials from each departments of administrative, legislative and judicial need to cooperate in drug matter” said President Win Myint. 
The President urged all to do the best in performing historical responsibilities resting on their shoulders, saying that future generations will evaluate their conducts.
 
Next, Region Chief Minister Dr. Myint Naing, explained about the status of government’s oversight in regional development works, Region Hluttaw Speaker U Than and Region Chief Judge U Win Myint explained about region government’s oversight in regional development works, Hluttaw’s legislative works and the judiciary works.
 
After hearing reports, the President said the government is striving toward straightening the judicial sector. Judgments on cases should be correctly made. Crimes and sentences need to be appropriate.
 
Confiscated farm lands are being reviewed reassessed according to policies set by the State. 70 per cent of the people in our country is working in agriculture sector and if the farmlands are returned to them, there’ll be more job opportunities.
 
In security and rule of law part, Sagaing Region need to emphasis on border entry/exit points. More care need to be taken in preventing illegal export of timbers, illegal mining of gold and in conducting drug eradication works, said the President.
 
After the meeting, the President and party went to Ayadaw Township Irrigation and Water Utilisation Management Department Ayadaw (2) river water pumping project where Deputy Director General U Tin Maung Aye Htoo explained about the project. President urged officials to follow the rules and regulations set by the State in calling tenders. Later, the President and party left Monywa by a Tatmadaw special flight and arrive back Nay Pyi Taw later in the afternoon.
 
Translated and Edited by Win Htut