The Anti Corruption Of Myanmar Essay

1106 Words Oct 17th, 2015 5 Pages
Since 1948, Myanmar has already established anti-corruption laws related to building integrity, but these laws have rarely been enforced and there has been any effective prosecution for the abuse of office (Chêne, 2012). When the civilian government came to office, it has undertaken significant legislative reforms including requiring all government officials to publicly declare their assets (Morrell, 2012). The 2008 Constitution also requires that the government submit the draft budget to the parliament for approval which was rarely made public during the previous regimes (Chêne, 2012). These developments were encouraging but more commitments from the government were needed to convince the people and the international community of its sincerity in the fight against corruption.
Until recently, Myanmar did not have an independent institution to monitor corruption. In early 2013, the Anti-Corruption Working Committee, headed by Vice President Dr. Sai Mauk Kham, was formed to further anti-corruption efforts (Kyi, 2015). In the following year, in February 2014, the government appointed the Anti-Corruption Commission to address official corruption and graft cases (Vanderbruggen & Miller, 2014). Although the establishment of the Commission in 2014 appears to be positive, it has been met with criticism, most notably because of the inclusion in its ranks of former senior military officials, who may be unwilling or unable to effectively regulate and investigate their old colleagues.…

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