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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2523

Corruption is a cancer they say

By S.H.Moulana

‘Say no to corruption’ is one of many songs against corruption in India. They have a vigorous campaign against this cancerous disease there.

Transparency International has given the ranking for five selected countries in Asia as follow; India with 69%, topping the list followed by Vietnam 65%, Thailand 41% Pakistan and Myanmar with 40%.

Three former prime ministers of Asia have been prosecuted and two of them have been found guilty and jailed and they are Khalida Zia of Bangladesh and Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan.

The case on the third person the former prime minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak is proceeding in the Malaysian courts.

China punished almost 300,000 officials for graft last year as president Xi Jinping continued to wage a high-profile war against corruption.

I remember once reading a letter from a woman in an Indian newspaper, suggesting to the Indian government to legalize bribe and fix the rate for a related job. Her complaint was that for a particular job the officials are charging different amounts of bribe on different time and from different people.

The former vice president of US, Joe Biden says; ‘Corruption is a cancer; a cancer that eats away at a citizen’s faith in democracy, diminishes the instinct for innovation and creativity; already-tight national budgets, crowding out important national investments. It wastes the talent of entire generations. It scares away investments and jobs.’

How true it is! Although we are not in the five countries in the lead in Asia for corruption we cannot say that we are free from this dreaded disease. What successful economies do is keep it to a minimum. We need a strong ‘Say no to corruption!’ campaign in our country to eliminate it from its roots. Let’s join hands to save our beloved motherland!

She says that fixing a price and legalizing it will make things easy for them because they will know how much the job will cost beforehand. From this letter we can understand how rampant corruption is in that part of the world.

They say; ‘Corruption is a cancer; a cancer that eats away at a citizen’s faith in democracy, diminishes the instinct for innovation and creativity; already-tight national budgets, crowding out important national investments. It wastes the talent of entire generations. It scares away investments and jobs.’

How true it is! Although we are not in the five countries in the lead in Asia for corruption we cannot say that we are free from this dreaded disease.

What successful economies do is keep it to a minimum? We need a strong ‘Say no to corruption!’ campaign in our country to eliminate it from its roots.

Let’s join hands to save our beloved motherland!

-Asian Tribune -

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