Monday, November 09, 2009

Frank's Regime Rife with Corruption

CORRUPTION

www.fijisun.com.fj - 9/11/2009


Sai's Comments:
  • Frank should know about this subject as he and his cronies are all up to their necks in it!
  • The list is endless, starting with the regimental fund, which up to now still has not been audited as Frank continues to block any effort for it.
  • It is nothing but hypocrisy once again and taking revenge on opponents of the illegal seizure of power by the military regime who are now terrorising the citizens of Fiji and ruining the economy.


The corrupt in our society can’t say they have not been warned.

The fight against corruption is being stepped up.

One of the mandates given to the Government by the former President, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, is the eradication of the corruption problem.

Prime Minster Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has made his own views clear.

At the launch of the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) website (http://www.ficac.org.fj/) the Prime MInister said: “Corruption is present at all levels in society and past governments have failed in a tangible manner to arrest this problem.”

He added: “The Government pursued the clean-up campaign in a number of avenues to rid the country of corruption and to bring about reforms.

“The campaign will continue in Government departments, the business community and wherever corruption rears its ugly head.”

“This problem has been festering for years and there have been no initiatives to curb corruption, thus the establishment of the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption.”

Can the government really succeed in its fight against corruption?

IT’S NOT

EASY

In 2007, I attended a press conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia, where the then Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi admitted it is not easy to fight corruption.

But he said it must be done. Corruption is a stumbling block for any government that champions good governance, accountability and transparency, he stressed.

Past governments here have talked about fighting corruption too. But too often there has been more talk than action.

Sometimes some in government or close to it were suspected of being the worst culprits. They used their own positions to their advantage.

That has changed.

Prime Minister Bainimarama and his Government are pushing hard to eradicate corruption.

They are not alone..

Newly elected Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has vowed to eradicate corruption.

“Afghanistan’s image has been tainted by corruption. Our government’s image has been tainted by corruption,” said Mr Karzai, speaking in the capital, Kabul.

“We will strive, by any means possible, to eradicate this stain.”

WHEN IT’S

CULTURE

In the Philippines, former President Cory Aquino was not able to eradicate corruption. This was because, after two decades of Marcos kleptocracy, corruption had developed into a culture.

A report from the Philippines said: “Just like diabetes, addressing the manifestations of the corruption disease does not solve the problem.

“Merely catching the crooked public official does not solve the problem of corruption. Eradicating the culture of corruption is the only effective solution to the problem.”

One country we can learn from is Singapore, now one of the cleanest, corruption free countries in the world.

In its relentless fight against corruption Singapore put the following measures in place:

n Legislative Measures against Corruption

n Administration Measures

n Preventive Guidelines

n Action against corrupt government officers

n Court Punishment for Corruption

n Departmental Punishment for Corruption

No country in the world can claim to be free from corruption. However, in Singapore they have managed to control this problem quite successfully.

In Zambia, corruption thrives and there is a move now to remove the current politicians.

A report said:”They continue to seek political office because of the benefits they reap through corrupt practices. Corrupt leaders should be pursued and prosecuted and pay a steep price for their corruption.”

Here in Fiji, the establishment of the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption is one example of the Bainimarama Government’s efforts.

The establishment of the commission was long overdue.

It has begun combating corruption through its education and awareness programmes, investigations and the prosecution of cases through the courts.

It is not an easy task. Investigating corruption is not like ordinary Police work against crime.

It needs specialist resources and people. Not just Police investigators but also forensic accountants and legal specialists. It also takes times.

All Government ministries and departments have been directed to ensure that the commission quest to combat corruption receives full support.

It also needs strong public support.

Corruption is one of the most damaging consequences of poor governance

In fact, when corruption becomes entrenched, it can devastate the entire economic, political, and social fabric of a country.

Corruption breeds corruption – and a failure to combat it effectively can lead to an era of entrenched corruption.

What is needed is the will to implement anti-corruption measures.

A report in Malaysia said: “Political will is absent when the ‘big fish’ are protected from prosecution for corruption and only small fish are caught. Under these circumstances, the anti-corruption strategy lacks credibility and is doomed to failure.”

Here, the Government has shown it has the will. Everyone who cares about building a better Fiji should show their support

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